The Florida Division of Workers’ Compensation recently issued a “2020 COVID-19 Report” with a data summary through May 31, 2020.
From January 1, 2020 through May 20, 2020, COVID-19 indemnity claims numbered 3,807, or 15 percent of the total of all 25,449 indemnity claims during that time period. The total benefits paid (indemnity and medical) were $3.43 million for the COVID claims and $118.02 million for all claims. The COVID-19 total paid benefits as a percentage of total paid was 2.9 percent.
According to the report, COVID-19 should be reviewed through the lenses of three key terms within the workers’ compensation law: 1) accident, 2) injury, and 3) occupational disease. These terms are defined in subsections 440.02(1), (19), and subsection 440.151(2), F.S., respectively.
The data in the report is organized by Claim Frequency, Claim Costs & Characteristics, Coverage Information, and Telemedicine. Click on the link to read the full report.