Tampa Permanent Total Disability Benefits Lawyer Offers Strong Support
Experienced Florida attorney represents people who can no longer work
Some work-related medical conditions are so severe that the victim can never perform their job duties again. In cases of permanent total disability, long-term benefits are available under Florida law but it takes a qualified attorney to develop the strongest possible case for entitlement. At the Law Offices of Bill Dickey, P.A. in Tampa and Clearwater, we guide claimants through the process of securing and maintaining the financial support they need after they can no longer earn income on the job.
Gulf Coast firm helps people get the long-term payments they’ve earned
With more than 25 years of experience handling workers’ compensation and personal injury cases on behalf of Gulf Coast clients, our firm offers comprehensive guidance to individuals who are facing the prospect of a lifetime of being unable to work. We make sure that you have the information you need once you have reached maximum medical improvement and are seeking compensation for:
- Inability to work — If you can prove you are unable to do even sedentary work within a 50-mile radius of your home, you may be eligible for permanent total disability (PTD) benefits. For certain debilitating conditions — such as paralysis, amputation of a limb, hand or foot, blindness and serious burns over at least 25 percent of the body — you are presumed to qualify for PTD benefits unless your employer can disprove your claim.
- Healthcare treatment — Once you have reached maximum medical improvement, if your condition still warrants further treatment, healthcare costs are covered as part of your PTD. We can assist you should a dispute arise regarding the necessity of a particular medical measure or whether you are following doctor’s orders.
- Wage replacement — Permanent total disability recipients are entitled to payments equaling two-thirds of their average weekly wage up to a limit set by the state. For 2019, the maximum is $939. This benefit can continue until the claimant reaches age 75.
- Evaluations and rehabilitation —An employer or workers’ compensation carrier can require a PTD recipient to undergo a vocational evaluation to determine if their condition has changed. Recipients who believe they have improved can attempt to return to work without fear of risking their disability status if they should prove unable.
Realizing that you cannot engage in meaningful employment can be difficult emotionally. PTD benefits allow you to manage your financial needs as you and your family adjust to this new phase of life. No matter what type of work-related injury or illness led to your disability, we are dedicated to relieving your burden.
Contact an effective Gulf Coast disability benefits lawyer to schedule a free consultation
The Law Offices of Bill Dickey, P.A. advises Florida residents who wish to apply for permanent total disability benefits due to medical conditions. If you or a loved one cannot work due to such a disability, please call 813-835-3800 or contact us online. We offer a free consultation and have offices in Tampa and Clearwater.