The pandemic triggered a widespread move to a more remote workforce and even though many employees have returned to the office or have moved to a hybrid model, the question we keep getting is – can remote workers in Florida get workers’ compensation.
How Workers’ Compensation Works
Workers’ compensation is insurance that Florida companies must carry. It provides lost wages and medical expense benefits to employees who are injured or contract occupational diseases arising out of and while in the course and scope of employment.
Are Remote Workers Eligible?
If the employee is performing a task or activity that is related to the job or the incident arises out of or within the scope of employment, whether working from home or in another location, should be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. Florida workers’ compensation law does not specify that an employee must be in a particular location to qualify for benefits. However, each situation is different and can be complicated by many factors. Therefore, eligibility will be determined case by case basis.
Remote Work and Injuries
To obtain workers’ compensation benefits, you must be injured in an activity arising out of and within the course and scope of your job. and performing your normal job duties when you were injured. If you use equipment supplied by your employer and are injured using that, it may be easier to make the connection and get claims approved without hassle.
What do you do After a Remote Working Accident?
Immediately after the injury, be sure to follow your company policy and inform your employer immediately so an incident report could be filed. They will file a claim on your behalf after collecting information from you. In addition, they may send you to an approved doctor for medical treatment or tests. Be sure to document the accident with photos (if possible) and write down all the specifics. You may need that information later.
At Weinstein & Cohen, we have more than 50 years of combined experience fighting for victim’s rights. Our experienced Miami and Naples workers’ compensation attorneys at Weinstein & Cohen will put your priorities first. If you or someone you care about has been injured or involved in an accident in the workplace across South Florida or Southwest Florida, contact the Miami and Naples personal injury lawyers at Weinstein & Cohen at 305-374-1011 or 239-793-3331, or visit fairnessforall.com for an absolutely free legal consultation to learn more about your options.