Florida Work Injury and Accident Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident in Florida, you probably have many questions about your legal rights. Florida law holds an employer responsible for safety in any workplace. As such, most Florida workers who are injured at a job site are qualified to receive workers’ compensation benefits to help cover the costs of lost wages and medical expenses. In some cases, injured workers may also be able to file personal injury lawsuits against third parties who bear some responsibility for their injury. However, because litigating such claims is complex, you’ll need a highly experienced and knowledgeable workplace injury and accident lawyer on you side to make sure your legal rights are protected.
At Gilman Law LLP, our Florida work injury and accident lawyers have handled worker’s compensation claims and third-party lawsuits involving severe burns, partial or full paralysis, massive internal injuries, disfigurement, spinal cord and brain injuries, loss of limbs, broken bones, wrongful death, back injuries and repetitive motion injuries. All of the Florida work injury and accident attorneys understand the challenges you face in the wake of a workplace accident or injury, and will work diligently to help you secure the benefits you are entitled to as quickly as possible, so you can focus on your recovery. With the Florida work injury and accident lawyers at Gilman Law LLP on your side, you stand the best possible chance of obtaining all of the compensation you need to cover your current and future medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other damages.
Florida Workers’ Compensation Claims
The majority of work-related accidental injuries, diseases or illnesses, and deaths that occur in the workplace are covered by Florida’s workers’ compensation law. With only a few exceptions, the state of Florida requires all employers with four or more employees to provide workers’ compensation insurance for all workers. Employers in the construction field with at least one employee must carry workers’ compensation. Under the workers’ compensation law, depending on the severity of their injury, employees injured on the job are entitled to:
- Temporary Total Disability: In most cases, if a doctor says that you are completely unable to work because of your injury, you may receive two-thirds of your regular wages during your recovery. In severe cases, 80 percent of your regular salary may be covered for up to six months under temporary coverage.
- Temporary Partial Disability: This is when a doctor believes you can return to work with restrictions.
- Permanent Total Disability Benefits: When a catastrophic injury occurs and the victim suffers a permanent disability, total disability benefits may be available.
- Medical benefits to pay for doctor bills, hospitalization and other medical care.
- Vocational rehabilitation, including training in a new skill should your injury or illness prevent you from performing your trade.
- Death Benefits: When someone is killed on the job, families may seek funeral expenses up to $7,500, compensation to dependants and additional benefits up to $150,000.
When you’re injured on the job, filing a workers’ compensation claim should be a simple matter. But insurance companies are most concerned with protecting their profits, and have an incentive to try and find a reason to deny your claim. Fortunately, you do have recourse if your claim is denied, including the right to ask for a review or hearing of the denial. If you are appealing a workers’ compensation denial, it is vital that you seek the assistance of a qualified attorney who understands the system and can help you appeal your claim with the proper paperwork, documentation, and support. The workplace accident and injury lawyers at Gilman Law LLP understand the financial burdens of a workplace injury and have helped numerous Florida workers and their families obtain fair and full compensation after a workers’ compensation claim has been unfairly denied.
Workplace Injury and Accident Third Party Lawsuits
Unfortunately, even if your workers’ compensation claim is approved without issue, the compensation you receive may not be enough to cover all of your expenses. Fortunately, injured workers also have the right to file separate lawsuits against third parties who share responsibility for their accident or injury. Third parties may be the manufacturers of defective equipment or products, subcontractors, property owners, visitors to a jobsite, or any other party deemed responsible for your accident. If you retain Gilman Law LLP for your workplace injury and accident claim, our Florida personal injury lawyers will thoroughly review you accident to ensure you recover all compensation from every avenue available.
Legal Help for Victims of Workplace Injuries and Accidents in Florida
Like most states, Florida places a strict statute of limitations on workplace injury and accident lawsuits. To increase your odds of obtaining the full compensation the law allows, it’s vital you contact the experienced Florida workplace injury and accident lawyers at Gilman Law LLP today. With offices throughout Florida, the compassionate and experienced workers compensation and personal injury attorneys at Gilman Law LLP are available now to answer all of your legal questions. If you or someone you love were injured because of a work related accident, please complete our online form or contact Gilman Law LLP at (888) 252-0084 for your free, confidential, no-obligation case evaluation with an experienced workplace injury and accident attorney.