I live in Florida. I am having a serious problem. I cannot find the answer to my situation. Briefly:
My husband was receiving workman's comp benefits.
He became incarcerated.
I started receiving the benefits in my name after advising the insurance company. We also had a child that I reported to the insurance company.
My sister-in-law had temporary custody of our child.
I became incarcerated.
I continued to receive a check every 2 weeks in my name. I did not tell the insurance company I was incarcerated. I did not tell the insurance company I didn't have custody of our child.
A year later, my sister-in-law found out I was receiving checks. She insisted it was insurance fraud because ALL the benefits paid were supposed to be for our dependent child. In other words, she wanted all the money.
Because I was incarcerated, I was unable to contact the insurance company myself. She had payments redirected to her.
My husband and I were released. We divorced and the insurance company settled with him.
Now, 5 years later, my sister-in-law is stating I stole my child's benefits.
I researched WC Law and believe I was entitled to the benefits as a spouse.
Was any part of it for our child? Possibly %16.66? And there is no provision as to what would happen if spouse gets incarcerated, it only states "employee".
Did I break the law?
Thank you very much. Need a response ASAP