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Workers' compensation for permanent injuries

Different jobs have different demands. A desk job may not present immediate physical danger. However, many others work jobs that require significant physical labor and use heavy machinery, which present certain dangers.

Usually people in these lines of work are still safe for the most part, but there are accidents and people suffer significant injuries. These injuries can prevent people from being able to work for a period of time and they may incur significant medical bills. Some injuries also cause permanent injuries that completely change a person's life and prevent them from being able to work again.

People who are injured at work may be able to receive workers' compensation to compensate them for the medical bills and lost income. For total permanent injuries the person may receive approximately two-thirds of their income until they are 75 years old, if the victim is unable to even do sedentary work within a 50-mile radius of their home.

If the person suffers certain injuries such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, amputation and others, it is presumed that the person has a permanent total injury. This doesn't mean that other types of injuries are not total and permanent, but the burden rests on the victim to prove that it is a permanent total injury.

Many people in Florida are injured at work. The severity of these injuries may vary greatly, but if the person is forced to incur medical bills and miss time at work, they may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits to help with their finances while they are unable to work. Experienced attorneys understand the law in this area and may be able to help ensure one's rights are protected.

Source: Florida State Legislature, "Florida Statute 440.15" accessed on March 8, 2017

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