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How a Workers' Compensation Claim in Florida is Submitted

Updated: Apr 5

Workers' compensation is a vital safety net designed to protect employees in the event of work-related injuries or illnesses. In Florida, as in many other states, the process of submitting a workers' compensation claim can seem daunting, especially for those who are already dealing with the physical and emotional toll of their injuries. However, understanding the steps involved can help streamline the process and ensure that injured workers receive the benefits they are entitled to. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of submitting a workers' compensation claim in Florida, from initial injury to resolution.

  1. Report the Injury: The first step in the workers' compensation process is to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. Florida law requires employees to report workplace injuries within 30 days of the incident. Failure to do so could jeopardize your ability to receive benefits. Make sure to document the details of the injury, including the date, time, and circumstances surrounding the incident.

  2. Seek Medical Treatment: After reporting the injury, it's crucial to seek medical treatment promptly. Your employer may provide you with a list of authorized medical providers, known as a panel of physicians, from which you can choose. Make sure to inform the healthcare provider that your injury is work-related, as this will be important for documenting your claim.

  3. Complete the Claim Form: Once you've received medical treatment, your employer should provide you with a workers' compensation claim form to complete. In Florida, this form is known as the DWC-1. Fill out the form accurately and thoroughly, providing details about your injury and how it occurred. Be sure to keep a copy of the completed form for your records.

  4. Submit the Claim: After completing the claim form, submit it to your employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier. You should also keep a copy for your records. Once the claim is submitted, the insurance company will begin investigating the incident and determining your eligibility for benefits.

Call us if you need help with your workers' compensation case at 813-591-0070 or fill out an intake form.


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