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Fort Myers Worker's Compensation Attorneys

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If an employee is injured while at work, they may be able to claim worker's compensation. Individuals who receive worker's compensation can gain the financial stability they need to heal and recover from their injury before returning to work.

At Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A., our Fort Myers worker's compensation lawyers can help you find the best path forward in your case.

To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (239) 970-6844.

How Does Worker's Compensation Work in Florida?

Note: It is currently possible for frontline employees to claim worker's compensation if they contract COVID-19.

In Florida, employees can file for worker's compensation if they are injured or receive an occupational illness while at work.

Typically, the timeline for a worker's compensation case looks something like this:

  • An employee is injured or contracts an occupational illness while working;
  • The employee reports their injury or illness to their employer within 30 days of the incident;
  • The employee attends a medical organization approved by the employer and their worker's compensation provider for medical treatment;
  • The employee reports the injury to their worker's compensation provider within a week of the incident;
  • The worker's compensation provider send an information packet to the employee;
  • The worker's compensation provider either accepts or denies the worker's compensation claim from the employee.

If the provider accepts the claim, they will issue the first benefits check within 21 days. Employees can continue to receive worker's compensation every two weeks until they return to work, for up to 104 weeks of total compensation.

If the provider denies the claim, the worker must attempt to negotiate terms with the insurance adjuster or administrator. If they fail to receive the care they believe they deserve, they can then file an official petition for worker's compensation benefits. That petition can either be resolved out-of-court via mediation, or in court through a pre-trial and final hearing. If the case goes to court, the Judge of Compensation Claims (JCC) will issue a final judgment that determines whether the worker receives compensation.

After the JCC's judgment, if a party still disagrees with the outcome of the case, they can file an appeal in an attempt to have the case heard by a different court and receive a different outcome.

What Benefits Can I Get Through Worker's Compensation?

Employees can get the following benefits through worker's compensation:

  • Temporary disability benefits. These benefits amount to two-thirds of an employee's weekly wage, or up to 80% of their weekly wages in severe injury cases (such as those resulting in paralysis or blindness). Temporary benefits last until the employee's doctor clears them to go back to work, confirms their condition has improved as much as possible, or until the employee receives benefits for the maximum amount of time.
  • Permanent impairment benefits. If an employee is permanently impaired, they can receive longer-term benefits. They can also receive permanent disability benefits if their injury or illness prevents them from working at even a sedentary job.
  • Medical benefits. Worker's compensation usually pays for medical costs associated with injury or illness treatment.
  • Vocational rehabilitation. If an injury or illness prevents a worker from returning to their previous position, they may be able to garner rehabilitation for training that helps them obtain a new position.
  • Death benefits. If a worker dies as a result of an injury or illness, their spouse, children, or other dependents can receive compensation.

At Powell, Jackman, Stevens & Ricciardi, P.A., our Fort Myers worker's compensation attorneys will fight for your rights and help ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.

To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (239) 970-6844.

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More