Florida has a statute of limitations that applies to workers’ compensation claims filed after January 1, 1994. The statute is located within Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Act. Below is a general, broad discussion of the statute of limitations for a Florida workers’ compensation claim. We urge you not to assume your claim falls within any certain category or scenario. There are always exceptions to every rule because each case is unique.
It is important that you seek the advice and counsel of an experienced Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney if you have any questions regarding your workplace injury or your workers’ comp claim. Call our office now at 1-800-333-3903 to schedule a FREE consultation with a Boca Raton workers’ compensation lawyer to discuss your claim and your workplace injury in detail.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim Under Florida’s Workers Compensation Act?
The statute of limitations on workers’ comp claims in Florida includes both a two-year deadline and a one-year deadline.
If you are injured on the job, or you develop workplace illness, you are required to either file a Petition for Benefits or receive authorized medical or indemnity benefits within two years from the date of your workplace injury. After that, you are under a one-year statute of limitations for your workers’ compensation claim.
Under the one-year statute of limitations, you can never allow more than one year to pass without receiving treatment from an authorized medical provider. An authorized medical provider is a provider that has been approved to provide your treatment by the workers’ compensation insurance company handling your claim. If you allow more than one year to pass without being treated by an authorized medical provider, your claim is closed. You are barred from receiving any further benefits, including medical treatment for your injury.
Therefore, keeping up with your medical treatment and making sure you always follow up with your medical provider is extremely important. Each time you receive medical treatment, you need to obtain a copy of the record showing the date of treatment in case a problem arises with the statute of limitation. If you are unsure what qualifies as authorized medical treatment, immediately contact our office to discuss your questions with a Boca Raton workers’ comp lawyer.
Are You Having Problems Filing Your Workers’ Compensation Claim in Florida?
The process to file and receive workers’ comp benefits should be simple. However, that is not always the case. Employer’s don’t want their insurance premiums to increase, and insurance companies want to pay as little as possible on each claim, including your claim. For that reason, you need to consult with a Boca Raton workers’ comp attorney to discuss your options. Meeting with an attorney can help you keep on top of the matter so that you don’t miss any deadlines.
If you have been injured on the job, our law firm is here to help you as you fight for your right to receive workers’ comp benefits. Call our office today if you have not received your benefits or if you believe your benefits are incorrect. Our attorneys offer free legal consultations.
The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. can help you obtain the benefits you deserve. Contact our office today 1-800-333-3903 to speak with an attorney.