According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 3 million people suffered work-related injuries in 2017. If you have suffered any illness or injury in the workplace, you have the right to compensation for your medical bills and lost wages through the Florida State Workers’ Compensation Program. However, workers’ compensation only covers a few damages. Depending on the severity of your injuries, that could leave you spending thousands or more out of pocket. You may have other options. If you or someone you love has been injured in the workplace in Florida, contacting a Florida work injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you need.
The Landau Law Group can protect your legal rights and help you receive your fair compensation for your work-related injuries. Call (866) 703-4878 today.
Seek Medical Attention
The first thing you should do after a work injury is seek medical attention. This will ensure you get the treatment you need for your injuries and tie your injuries to your work accident.
Recovering Compensation for a Work Injury
Most employers in Florida have workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance covers workers when they suffer an injury on the job. However, workers’ compensation only covers medical bills and a portion of your lost wages.
If you can establish another party (not your employer) caused or contributed to your accident, you may be able to file a third-party liability claim and recover compensation.
Potential Liable Third Parties
Potential liable parties depend on how and where your accident happened. Some examples of third parties include:
- Other contractors onsite if your injuries occurred on a construction site
- A manufacturer if a defective product caused or contributed to your injuries
- A property owner if your injuries stemmed from a dangerous condition on the property
Holding Another Party Liable
To hold a third party liable for your injuries, you must be able to prove they caused or contributed to your injuries. Typically, this involves proving the other party behaved negligently. Proving negligence involves the following:
- Duty of care: The other party had a duty to keep you safe from harm under FL § 790.251. For example, general contractors on construction sites have a duty to keep other workers and passersby safe from falling debris and objects.
- Breach of duty: The other party breached that duty. The general contractor from another construction company onsite did not supply their team with tool lanyards.
- Causation: The breach caused your injury. Because the workers did not have tool lanyards, a hammer fell on your head as you walked by. You suffered a traumatic brain injury.
- Damages: You suffered damages, such as medical bills. You now require ongoing care and cannot return to your job.
If you are holding a manufacturer liable, we simply must prove that the product was defective and that it caused your injuries.
Regardless of how your accident occurred, we want to help you require the compensation you need and deserve for your injuries.
Recoverable Compensation in a Work Injury Claim
If your third-party work injury claim is successful, you can recover compensation for all your losses. This may include:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Lost earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Mental anguish
- Pain and suffering
Our team will investigate your injuries to obtain a fair value for your case. We will negotiate with the other party’s insurer for a fair settlement; however, if the insurer fails to offer what we believe is fair, we are not afraid to go toe-to-toe in court. Give us a call today to get started: (866) 703-4878.
Common Work-Related Injuries We Have Seen
While some jobs are inherently more dangerous than others, accidents can happen in any workplace. Depending on your circumstances, the type of work you do, and the industry in which you work, work-related injuries and illness vary. However, some common injuries we see include the following:
- Carpel tunnel syndrome
- Whiplash due to a work-related car accident
- Back injuries
- Joint injuries
- Stress fractures
- Vision loss
- Toxic mold
- Chronic pain
- Traumatic brain injury
We can help regardless of the type of injury you suffered.
Contact a Florida Work Injury Lawyer
Employers are responsible for providing a safe working environment for their employees. While accidents do happen, employers in the state of Florida are required by law to carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, workers’ compensation insurance might only make a small dent in your damages. Contacting a work injury lawyer can help you identify liable parties, file a third-party claim, and obtain the benefits and compensation you deserve.
The Florida work injury lawyers at The Landau Law Group will work hard to get you the compensation you deserve. We can ensure that you are treated fairly and receive just compensation for your work-related illness or injury. Contact our legal team today at (866) 703-4878 for a free consultation.