This is a question that we hear quite frequently. The short answer is that if you are injured on the job in Florida and are getting workers' compensation benefits, you are not locked into your current employment. Regardless of your employment status, working, not working, found a different job, or are not physically able to perform your prior job, your medical benefits are legally supposed to continue with your workers' compensation carrier.
Imagine working in a retail store as a stocker. You are in the back bay pulling product when a tower of improperly stacked boxes falls on top of you. After getting to the emergency room, you find out you have a concussion and some cracked ribs. Now, you are facing a high emergency room bill, multiple other medical expenses and you will have to miss work for more than a week.
If you have been injured while performing work-related tasks, you may qualify for workers' compensation. However, if you decide to file a workers' compensation claim and your employee fires you or threatens to fire you because of it, you have grounds for legal retaliation.
If you have been injured and your injury prevents you from working, you may be able to get approved by the Social Security Administration (SSA) to receive disability benefits. These benefits are designed to provide assistance to individuals who are no longer able to work to support themselves due to an injury or disability.