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.


Workers’ compensation law can be difficult to navigate and everyone needs the advice of a professional. When dealing with workers’ compensation, Al is on top of this process. He and his assistant Melody are always available to answer any question. They are very diligent and hard working, to serve you as a client. I am very thankful for their support and knowledge in handling my case.

– Paul

On September 29, 2015, a serious auto crash changed our lives forever. Injuries sustained by my husband and I resulted in a long hospital stay and several subsequent surgeries. Two years later, we are both still dealing with injury related issues. Within a few days of the crash, we asked a relative about getting an attorney and they recommended Tom DeLattre (Wieland Hilado & DeLattre). Tom returned my husband’s call that same day and arranged to meet with us at the hospital. He explained the process and assured us that he would handle the auto insurance companies. He explained that our job was to work on our recovery. He was always available for questions and would return calls on weekends and while on vacation. We are very happy with the fair settlement that Tom DeLattre worked out with the insurance companies. I would not hesitate to recommend him to friends or other family members.

– L. Newsome