Workplace accidents have the potential to greatly impact the physical, financial, and emotional well-being of a person as well as their families. It is often an uphill battle to settle large hospital bills amidst lost wages while you are healing. The committed Miami workers’ comp attorneys at The Alvarez Law Firm understand the complex world of workplace accidents and how to pursue the maximum possible workers’ compensation on behalf of injured workers in Florida. 

Common Causes of Workplace Injuries in Florida

There are several factors that may contribute to a workplace injury, such as:

  • Hit by objects and/or equipment in a factory or warehouse, which may lead to traumatic brain injury, eye injury, or spinal cord injury
  • Exposure to chemicals, fumes, or other hazardous substances, causing cancers or other life-threatening illnesses
  • Repetitive movements causing musculoskeletal injuries
  • Being caught between equipment or machinery, leading to amputation injuries 
  • Slips/trips over greasy workshop floors, objects, and materials, which result in fractures, spinal cord, or head injuries 
  • Overextension of muscles and ligaments, resulting in debilitating or painful conditions  
  • Injuries from a forklift, bulldozer, or another heavy equipment, causing death or catastrophic injuries 

Work injuries are on the rise in Florida workplaces. If you or someone you love has been injured on the job, you should follow the following steps:

  • Notify your employer
  • Seek immediate medical assistance
  • Get in touch with our experienced Miami workers’ compensation attorneys
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Can You Sue an Employer for Your Workplace Injuries?

For a workers’ compensation claim and settlement, you don’t need to prove employer negligence if you suffered injuries during work. With that said, workers’ compensation only covers actual lost wages and medical bills. It doesn’t cover damages for your pain and suffering—something often worth a lot of money. Unless an employer intentionally caused a worker’s injury, the only recourse (legally called “exclusive remedy”) available to injured workers in Florida is to pursue workers’ compensation for their injury on the job. In other words, you are not allowed to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer for your workplace injuries in most scenarios.

Workplace Accident Lawsuits Against Third Parties in Florida

You may have other ways to recover compensation, even if you are not able to sue your employer for your injury. Workers’ compensation laws can prevent you from filing a lawsuit against your employer, but responsible third parties are not protected. You can pursue litigation if a third party caused your workplace injury, as long as they are unrelated to your employer. 

For instance, a worker injured at a construction site by falling from scaffolding cannot sue the employer if they accept workers’ compensation coverage. Pertaining to this, a worker that is injured by a drunk driver crashing into a construction site can file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent driver. There is a limited time to act if your situation warrants a lawsuit. Florida Statutes § 95.11(3)(a) provides victims with up to four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. 

The Alvarez Law Firm Will Fight to Maximize Your Workers’ Compensation in Florida

The skilled and resourceful attorneys at The Alvarez Law Firm have extensive experience in settling workplace accident lawsuits ranging from electrocutions to slip-and-fall injuries. Our experienced attorneys know Florida personal injury and workers’ comp laws, allowing us to determine optimal legal paths that can maximize your compensation. We are happy to provide you with a free case evaluation. Call us at 305-444-7675 or reach us online

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