The statutory intent of Chapter 440, Florida Statutes (F.S.), is to ensure that an injured employee receives the benefits he or she is entitled to under this law in a prompt and efficient manner. Specifically, s. 440.015, F.S., provides that the statutory intent is to be interpreted:
- To assure the quick and efficient delivery of disability and medical benefits to an injured worker; and
- To facilitate the injured worker's return to gainful reemployment at a reasonable cost to the employer.
The statutory provisions of Chapter 440, F.S, delineate the roles of the employer, the carrier and the provider in the FL WC System. Furthermore, Chapter 440, F.S., grants rule-making authority to the Division to adopt rules to implement the FL WC system in accordance with the stated intent. The administrative rules adopted by the Division provide guidance on the implementation of the FL WC System. A Provider’s understanding and familiarity with these statutory provisions and administrative rules are essential to the successful participation in the FL WC system and in rendering prompt and appropriate medical care and treatment.