Workplace injuries do not discriminate; they occur in every single industry in Florida. While the construction and manufacturing industries lead the way in job injuries, many employees are injured in the healthcare industry, the hospitality industry, and in regular office jobs. These workplace injuries can range from injuries to the spine, head, infections, and broken limbs. Getting hurt at work is common and you need to take immediate action if you are injured on the job.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were over 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2019 in the United States. Some common examples of workplace injuries include lacerations, bone fractures, concussions, infections, and burns to name a few.
Call an experienced workplace Florida injury lawyer near you, if you or a loved one has been injured on the job. Florida law requires those injured on the job to act quickly, so being proactive is paramount. Contact our office at 1 (800) FLA-LAWYER for a free consultation.
Workers Compensation Defined
Florida Statute Chapter 440 states that: The employer must pay compensation or furnish benefits if the employee suffers an accidental compensable injury or death arising out of work performed in the course and the scope of employment. The injury, its occupational cause, and any resulting manifestations or disability must be established to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, based on objective relevant medical findings, and the accidental compensable injury must be the major contributing cause of any resulting injuries.
There are two important elements that need to be addressed when dealing with a workers compensation case. First is the objective relevant medical findings, followed by the major contributing cause.
“Objective relevant medical findings” are findings that correlate to the employee’s injuries and that are confirmed by physical examination findings or diagnostic testing. This means that a doctor must acknowledge and confirm that your injuries were not pre-existing and that they stem from the accident that occured on the job. That is why it is important to declare your injuries early, to seek help from experienced medical professionals, and to keep all medical records associated with the workplace injury.
The element of “major contributing cause” means the cause which is more than 50 percent responsible for the injury. For example, if you break an arm at work, you may be compensated for the arm but you will have a difficult time getting compensation for the ankle injury that you sustained from a motorcycle accident. There are numerous types of compensation that are available to injured workers under Florida’s worker’s compensation system. An injured laborer may be entitled to medical benefits, disability benefits, and lost wages to name a few.
Another thing to keep in mind is that since Florida follows a no-fault compensation system. This means that benefits are available to injured employees, regardless of who caused the accident. However, benefits may be reduced for negligent workers who violate a safety rule. Workers can also lose all benefits if they were injured while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.
Call A Work Injury Lawyer Now!
Employees deserve to feel safe and secure in the workplace. They should not have to worry about negligent employers, dangerous work environments, and lack of proper training. These forms of negligence can be dangerous and even deadly for employees. When a worker sustains an injury on the job, the first thing he or she must do is get medical help. Once the injury is under control, the employee should let the employer know, and immediately contact a work injury attorney. My team and I have helped countless individuals recover money for the injuries they sustained at work. Call the Law Offices Of Shannon J Sagan now for a free consultation. We serve all South Florida cities, so whether you are in North Palm Beach, Boca Raton, South Bay, Greenacres, South Palm Beach, Pahokee, Clewiston, Palm Beach Shores, as well as, Lake Park, Loxahatchee, Manalapan, Lake Clarke Shores, Atlantis, Lake Worth or Belle Glade and any other cities from Palm Beach County and nearby counties. You don’t have to pay for anything unless we win your case and you get compensated for your work injuries.