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Board Certified New Port Richey Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

If you have been injured on the job, we can help

If a worker in Florida sustains an injury or develops an occupational disease while on the job, he or she may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, the workers’ compensation system is quite complex and requires the knowledge and skill that an experienced workers’ compensation attorney provides.

Attorney Joseph Rooth is a board certified New Port Richey workers’ compensation attorney who has assisted injured and disabled workers for more than 20 years. He puts his experience to use in each and every workers’ comp case he and his firm handle. For help obtaining the benefits that you deserve, contact the Rooth Law Firm.

Types of disability benefits

Florida law categories disabilities stemming from work injuries into four distinct categories. These categories are based on whether the injury is permanent in nature or temporary as well as whether the disability completely or partially impairs a worker from completing his or her job. The categories include:

  • Permanent total disability – This type of disability means that a worker is permanently disabled and unable to return to work in any capacity. This is the most serious type of disability.
  • Permanent partial disabilityThis type of disability means that a worker is permanently disabled but can still perform certain aspects of his or her job duties. The employee may be able to return to work in some capacity.
  • Temporary total disability – This type of disability means that a worker is completely disabled, albeit for a limited amount of time. He or she is expected to fully recover and return to work.
  • Temporary partial disability – This type of disability means that a worker is impaired in some capacity from performing all of the duties of his or her job for a limited amount of time.

If you have suffered a disability that falls under one of the categories listed above, contact a New Port Richey workers’ compensation attorney to maximize your chances for a successful claim.

Amount of permanent total disability benefits

If you qualify for permanent total disability benefits, the amount of money you receive in these benefits are based on a percentage of your average weekly wage. This number is based on the wages that you earned during the 13 weeks prior to the incident that resulted in your injury. In a typical situation, workers’ compensation for permanent total disability is equal to two-thirds of your average weekly wage. Benefits are typically paid until the worker reaches the age of 75. However, if the worker is not eligible for Social Security benefits, this age limit can be extended. Benefits are typically paid out every other week. These benefits are also subject to a seven-day waiting period.

Contact a skilled, Board Certified New Port Richey workers’ compensation lawyer today for a free consultation

To discuss your claim for permanent total disability with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney, call 727-849-3400 or contact us online. Attorney Joseph Rooth provides aggressive workers’ compensation and disability cases involving clients in Clearwater, New Port Richey, Seminole, Tampa and the surrounding areas.

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