E-commerce has exploded over the past decade, and along with it, the need for drivers who deliver everything from appliances to grocery items. Delivery drivers are the quiet heroes who ensure purchases get from warehouses to customers’ front doors. However, those who keep commerce moving are at a high risk of injury, especially in motor vehicle accidents.
If you are a delivery driver, you are entitled to medical care and possibly a portion of your wages if your employer has insurance to cover your workplace injury. This process is not automatic and sometimes employers stall because they do not want additional claims to cause their insurance premiums to rise. Fortunately, a Florida delivery driver workers’ compensation lawyer from the Law Firm of Kevin A. Moore can help you through the process of obtaining your benefits after a workplace accident.
You and your lawyer must prove your case and comply with specific rules to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Even making one small error or missing a deadline could result in a delay or lengthy denial of your claim. Your first duty is to notify your employer that you were injured on the job. You have 10 days in Florida to do this. Your employer then lets the insurance carrier know that you are filing a claim. Some additional requirements include:
Tampa, Florida attorney Kevin Moore can coordinate interactions between you, the insurance company, and the workers’ compensation claims administrator after getting hurt in a delivery accident. If the parties determining the validity of your claim need additional information, we are quick to locate and provide it.
According to Florida Statutes § 440.12, you will not receive wage replacement benefits for the first seven days after an injury. However, if you are out of work for more than 21 days, disability payments will be paid back to the injury date. The weekly check you receive equals 66 2/3 of your average wage. For example, if your weekly wage is $1200, you could receive $800 a week. Delivery drivers who depend on tips for income should know that tips count in calculating their benefits. Our Tampa delivery driver workers’ compensation attorney can ensure your tips are included in the calculation for wage replacement benefits.
Under Fla. Stat. § 440.13, you are entitled to all-encompassing medical care. This extends beyond immediate emergency care and includes ongoing physician visits based on a treatment plan the doctor develops.
Delivery drivers involved in severe motor vehicle crashes often need additional medical care, which is also included, such as in-home nursing, rehabilitative assistance, durable medical equipment like wheelchairs and hospital beds installed in your home, prescription medications, and even travel mileage to your medical appointments.
Almost every Florida employee is entitled to benefits from an employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. This includes delivery drivers. Our Florida delivery driver workers’ compensation lawyer can navigate the process for you. Call today to begin reviewing your options directly with Attorney Moore. When you work with our firm you can rest assured that you will always be given the individualized guidance you need and deserve and will never be treated like just a number.