Pompano Beach Workplace Injury Lawyer
No matter where you work or what your occupation is, you may be at risk for workplace injury. That’s because a workplace injury is any type of injury or illness directly caused by your work. You may also suffer a workplace injury if you’re in an accident while on the clock, such as an auto accident or machinery accident.
A workplace injury can put you out of work for weeks, months, or even years. You may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation, Social Security disability benefits, and other financial support. However, these options may not provide you with enough money to survive.
The Pompano Beach workplace injury lawyers at Phillips | Tadros, P.A. can help you explore all your options for recovering the compensation you need to make ends meet. Call our office today at (954) 642-8885 to speak with our workplace injury team about your case.
Do I Need a Lawyer If I’ve Suffered a Workplace Injury?
While you can file for workers’ compensation and Social Security disability on your own, these application processes are not easy. A lawyer from our firm can guide you through the paperwork, evidence collection, and appeals processes.
When it comes to filing claims against liable third parties, our Pompano Beach workplace injury attorney can be an important asset to your claim and represent you in negotiations and court, if necessary.
Here are some of the steps we can take to fight for your compensation after a workplace injury:
- Investigate the cause of your accident
- Collect evidence that proves negligence
- Assign fault and identify liable parties
- Calculate all your damages
- Explore all possible sources of compensation
- Manage workers’ compensation and SSD claims
- File insurance claims with liability policies
- Speak with insurance companies so you don’t have to
- Negotiate for a fair settlement
- File a lawsuit against liable parties and take the case to court
Types of Workplace Injury Cases We Handle
Some workplaces are more dangerous than others, like those in construction, manufacturing, and drilling. Even restaurants, shops, and offices have their fair share of hazards that can cause workplace injuries. Here are some of the most common types of workplace injuries we handle:
- Fall injuries, including falls from scaffolding or tall heights
- Overuse injuries, which result in serious wear and tear in the joints and tissue
- Slip and fall injuries, which can occur when hazards like spills are not addressed properly
- Machinery accidents, when using a machine or tool or when around others using heavy machinery or tools
- Auto accidents, such as when traveling to a worksite or when another driver causes an accident at a worksite
We can help you pursue compensation for injuries like:
- Broken bones
- Tissue damage, including rotator cuff tears
- Joint damage
- Cuts and lacerations
- Illnesses, like cancer, developed from prolonged exposure to chemicals or other hazardous materials
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Paralysis injuries
- Amputation injuries
You Can Seek Compensation for Your Workplace Injury
In general, here are some of the sources of compensation we can help you pursue:
Workers’ compensation is an insurance policy that covers income loss and accident-related medical treatment for injured employees. Nearly all Florida businesses are required to have workers’ compensation, with some exceptions relating to the industry and the number of employees.
With workers’ compensation, you can receive bi-weekly payments while you’re out of work. You get 66 and two-thirds percent of your average weekly income. The length of time depends on the severity of your injury and your ability to work. You also get accident-related medical bills covered. However, workers’ compensation doesn’t cover any non-economic damages, like pain and suffering.
Third-Party Liability Claim
You can file a third-party liability claim against another person or entity who either caused or contributed to the accident. You must prove they were negligent; they owed you a duty of care but their action or inaction breached that duty, causing or contributing to the accident and injuring you.
The amount you can recover from a third-party liability claim varies widely from case to case. But people often recover more from a third-party liability claim or lawsuit than from workers’ compensation since you can claim damages like medical bills, lost income, property damage, and non-economic damages, like pain and suffering or loss of quality of life.
Suing Your Employer
You generally can’t sue your employer for a work-related injury. That’s why workers’ compensation exists.
However, you can sue your employer for gross negligence. For example, if your employer requires you to work in conditions that are unsafe by industry or legal standards. You can claim the same economic and non-economic damages you would in a third-party liability claim.
How Long Do I Have to File a Workplace Injury Claim?
You should file a workers’ compensation claim as soon as possible to start getting your payments. You may need to file your claim within a few weeks of the accident or of receiving a diagnosis for the injury or illness.
If you’re considering a third-party claim, you should also do this as soon as possible. Insurance companies generally stick to Florida’s statute of limitations for lawsuits as a way to deny later claims.
Per Florida Statutes § 95.11, you may only have between two and four years to file based on your specific circumstances. Our workplace injury lawyers can help you file within these deadlines.
Trust Phillips | Tadros, P.A. to Handle Your Workplace Injury Claim
Have you or a loved one suffered a workplace injury or been diagnosed with a work-related illness? In either case, you could work with one of our Pompano Beach workplace injury attorneys to explore your options to recover compensation.