Workers’ Compensation Update: More on Westphal…

September 23, 2013 by on News

More on Westphal…

An En Banc Decision From the First DCA was Released Today

The Court held “…that a worker who is totally disabled as a result of a workplace accident and remains totally disabled by the end of his or her eligibility for temporary total disability benefits is deemed to be at maximum medical improvement by operation of law and is therefore eligible to assert a claim for permanent and total disability benefits….If he can prove that he is totally disabled, he is entitled to receive his benefits now and he need not wait until such time in the future as he can offer medical proof that he has reached the point of maximum medical improvement.” (emphasis added).

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