Deputy’s Death Shows Problems With Workers Compensation System

By: Admin

Sadly it takes a death of a Seminole County Sherriff deputy to show the problems with Florida’s workers compensation system. For years the legislature has slashed benefits to injured workers to help businesses. The deputy’s widow will get $7,500 for the funeral which will likely cost $15,000 or more. She will then have to try to live on 33% of his wages which is paid to her every two weeks for a very limited time. There is a cap of $150,00 but that may take years to be paid since it is paid at one third of his wages and is paid bi-weekly. If she remarries those payments stop. Our elected officials in Tallahassee think that is fair compensation for the death of a spouse. If he had not been married, the family could only get the $7,500 to bury him. When the Disney monorail driver(a Stetson University student) died when two monorails crashed while the supervisor was at Denny’s, Disney paid the family $7,500 in total death benefits.
It is sad that the legislature cares so little for those families left behind when a loved one dies in the line of duty. Our prayers are with the deputy’s family and his widow at this most difficult time.
If you want to know more about your rights after a traumatic accident, call us at 407-841-7699 or visit us at Wieland, Hilado & DeLattre, P.A.


Al represented me in a W.C. case that lasted 19 years and in all that time he and his staff handled everything with caring and professionalism, always staying in touch and ensuring I followed the requirements to see my case to a great conclusion. He would call often to check on my progress and condition showing true care and compassion!

– Harold

Upon settlement of my case, I felt it was a fair settlement amount and that Mr. Hilado did everything in his power to ensure this process had truly been smooth and as comfortable as possible. Every step along the way, which was a true long journey, I was kept informed of the progress, I could not have asked for more!

– Doris