A work injury can cause significant disability, increased care needs and medical bills, time off work, and a loss of income. There is also the emotional and mental distress to contend with, and the added anxiety over how to pay the bills. After you or a loved one has suffered this type of injury, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
If you decide to pursue your right to compensation, you may find it beneficial to seek legal counsel. A Miami work injury lawyer can explain the options available to you and offer advice on an appropriate way forward. For further information, call The Landau Law Group at (866) 703-4878 today.
Legal Options After Your Work Injury
There are many different kinds of work injuries, and there may be more liable parties than just your employer. Anyone who contributed to the injury may be held responsible in a work injury lawsuit, depending on the nature of your case.
We recommend that you consider a personal injury lawsuit rather than relying on workers’ compensation for several reasons:
- You may be able to recover non-economic damages like pain and suffering, which workers’ compensation does not cover
- There is no cap on potentially recoverable damages in Florida for these kinds of lawsuits
- A private lawsuit can help you hold third-parties accountable for their actions
Our team can review the evidence surrounding your work injury and protect your right to pursue the compensation you deserve.
Kinds of Work Injuries
Work injuries often fall into two categories: traumatic injuries or repetitive strain injuries (RSI).
Repetitive Strain Injuries
Workers can develop RSI because of:
- Computer-related work, such as repeated keyboard use or excessive mouse use
- The repeated use of power tools or grip tools
- Assembly line work
- Checkout work
The above work injuries develop over time. You may not always notice the symptoms to begin with, but eventually they become apparent as aches and pain, which may worsen as you continue to make the repetitive motion.
Traumatic work injuries can include:
- Slip and falls or trip and falls
- Transportation injuries
- Exposure to chemicals that cause burning, scarring, or breathing difficulties
- Accidents involving machinery or equipment
- Falling items from boxes of goods not stocked properly
Although poor workplace practices can contribute to these injuries, your employer may not be the only liable party. If you have suffered a work injury for any reason, a work injury lawyer in Miami, FL, can advise you on the options that may be available to you. Call The Landau Law Group at (866) 703-4878 today for further information.
Liability for Work Injuries
Our team will investigate the circumstances surrounding your work injury to identify the party or parties who caused it. Examples of third parties who may be liable for your injuries include:
The Owners of the Job Site
If the job site is owned by someone who isn’t your employer, that individual or entity may be responsible for your injuries. If you slipped and fell, for example, we can demonstrate that the owner of the job site was negligent in failing to keep their property safe under Florida’s premises liability laws.
If you were working for a contractor or subcontractor at the time of your injury, we may be able to file a private lawsuit against them rather than relying on a workers’ compensation claim.
If a flaw or defect in a piece of equipment at your workplace, such as heavy machinery, led to your injury, we may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for your injuries.
These are not the only examples of third-parties who may be liable for your work injury. Call The Landau Law Group today to learn more about your options.
Receiving Compensation for Your Work Injury
While every case is unique, we will fight for a settlement or judgment that compensates you for economic and noneconomic damages that may include:
- Hospital fees
- Doctors’ fees
- Prescription medication
- Mobility aids
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy
- Loss of earnings, for time spent recovering
- Diminished earning capacity, if your injuries impact your ability to work in the future
- Pain and suffering and inconvenience
- Wrongful death
These are not the only damages to which you may be entitled. It is also important to understand that you cannot pursue noneconomic losses through a workers’ compensation claim. Our team can help you file a private lawsuit that protects your right to recover these and other damages.
Contact a Miami Work Injury Lawyer Today
In Florida, the statute of limitations is generally four years for a personal injury case. There are exceptions that may apply, and your lawyer can help you determine if these may be applicable to your situation, if necessary.
If you or a loved one was injured at work, the Miami work injury attorneys at Landau Law Group may be able to help. The sooner you come to us, the quicker our service-orientated litigation firm can start assessing your case. For further details, call The Landau Law Group at (866) 703-4878 today for a free, no-obligation consultation.