Workers' Compensation

Florida: Six-Month Limit on Mental Injury Benefits Passes Constitutional Muster

A Florida appellate court recently held that the state’s six-month limitation for temporary benefits for psychiatric injuries (which follow a physical injury) [see § 440.093(3), Fla. Stat.] is constitutional and that such benefits were not available to the claimant here, since his psychiatric injury arose more than a year after claimant had reached MMI on his back injury. Claimant had sustained a back injury in 2014, had undergone extensive surgery, and had been placed at MMI in early 2016. He claimed he subsequently suffered from a mental condition that was causally connected to his back injury. The court said the claim for temporary benefits for the mental condition was still untimely.

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See Kneer v. Lincare & Travelers Ins., 2019 Fla. App. LEXIS 5131 (1st DCA, Apr. 3, 2019)

See generally Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law, § 56.03.

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