If you have suffered an injury while on the job and accrued medical expenses or been forced to miss work as a result, you may be eligible to file a worker’s compensation claim to cover your expenses. If your loved one died as a result of a workplace accident, you may also be eligible to receive a settlement.
However, before you accept any settlement, it is prudent to consult with an aggressive Florida personal injury attorney to make sure that you have received the maximum benefits and the compensation you deserve for your injury. Worker’s compensation claims can be filed for many reasons, but here are some of the most common worker’s compensation injuries in Florida.
Physical overexertion is a common cause of worker’s compensation injuries. This usually results from conducting a repetitive task (for example, factory work) too many times and without adequate rest, from lifting heavy objects, or from working in a non-ergonomic position.
Most overexertion injuries begin with acute pain (such as back pain), and can easily be resolved if they are treated and working conditions are improved. However, failure to address overexertion can result in chronic, debilitating conditions such as osteoarthritis.
If you notice symptoms of an overexertion injury, seek medical attention and address your working conditions with your employer. If you employer has required that you work in conditions that result in overexertion injuries, the employer may also be held directly liable. Make sure that you know your rights and have consulted a personal injury attorney, who can help you determine if a personal injury lawsuit is appropriate.
Slips, Trips, and Falls
A slip, trip, or fall accident occurs when a worker slips on a smooth surface, trips over something, or otherwise falls, either directly to the ground or from a raised surface such as a ladder or staircase. The most common worker’s compensation injuries resulting from these accidents are back, spinal cord, neck, arm, wrist, leg, and foot injuries. These injuries are often painful and debilitating, so may force you to miss work while you recover.
Slip and fall cases are eligible for a worker’s compensation claim so long as they happen during the course of employment. However, if you can prove that the fall occurred due to dangerous conditions on your job site that your employer failed to prevent or fix, a slip and fall lawsuit may also be appropriate.
Struck By or Against Object
If you are struck by or against an object, such as machinery, vehicles, another worker, tools, or other objects, you may sustain a serious injury. The type of injury resulting from these accidents depends upon what you are struck by, where you are struck, and the amount of force with which the object strikes you. Some of the most common injuries are hand or foot injuries, head injuries, and back or neck injuries. If you fall as a result of being struck, you may also sustain injuries from the fall.
A worker’s compensation claim is fairly straightforward in these cases, which your personal injury attorney can help you file. However, if this accident occurs due to unsafe conditions, like faulty equipment or a negligent coworker, a personal injury lawsuit may also be applicable.
The best way to know for sure whether or not you have a viable case? Talk to a knowledgeable workers compensation lawyer.
About the Author:
Steven Slootsky is a 1985 graduate of Nova Law School, which means he’s been a practicing Fort Lauderdale injury lawyer for more than 2 decades. He founded the Law Offices of Slootsky, Perez & Braxton in 1991. The Fort Lauderdale-based accident attorney is a member of the Florida Bar, as well as the Federal Bar for the Southern District for the U.S. District Court. During his career as a personal injury lawyer/auto accident compensation attorney, Steven has served as the co-chair of the Workers’ Compensation section for Broward County, Florida. He is also a Bronze member of the Florida Workers Advocates, a former member of the board, and serves as an “Eagle” member of the Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers.