Have you been injured in a workplace accident in Ocala, Florida? You may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
The experienced Ocala workplace accident lawyers at Allen Law Firm, P.A., can help make you whole again. To learn more about your legal rights and potential options, contact our law office today for a free consultation.
How Our Ocala Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help You After a Workplace Accident
Deciding which attorney to hire can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Here’s what you can expect when you call the Ocala personal injury attorneys at Allen Law Firm, P.A., to help you with your case:
- We listen to your story and make sure you feel heard. Our attorneys offer emotional and moral support when our clients need it throughout difficult times.
- We manage every segment of your case, beginning to end, and make sure you know what’s going on, too.
- We conduct a thorough and complete examination of the circumstances of your Ocala workplace accident. We gather evidence from incident reports, security footage, and witness testimony.
- We work with pre-eminent experts in Florida, from forensic examiners to medical doctors or civil engineers. Whatever it takes to understand the complicated environment surrounding the injury.
- We advocate for our clients each step of the way, identifying the cause of your workplace injury and the at-fault party. We use the results of our work to hold liable parties accountable and maximize our clients’ recovery.
- We defend our clients when your employer denies your workers’ compensation claim.
- We negotiate doggedly with responsible parties to get our clients full financial recompense.
The attorneys at the Allen Law Firm, P.A., have combined decades of experience on both sides of insurance claims. We use our familiarity with insurance company practices to our clients’ benefit.
Causes of Workplace Accidents in Ocala, Florida
The purpose of the workers’ compensation system is to protect workers who are injured no matter what caused the accident. But, quite frequently, work accidents are preventable.
Some causes of work accidents include:
- Non-compliance with occupational safety and health regulations
- Failure to don appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
- Failure to train and properly supervise employees
- Defective or ill-maintained mechanical equipment
- Unsafe working environment (temperature, air quality, humidity)
If you were involved in a workplace accident in Ocala, reach out to the Allen Firm, P.A., and we will evaluate your case today for free. It’s a risk-free consultation with no obligations.
Common Workplace Accident Injuries
The injuries sustained in workplace accidents depend on the industry and the employee’s job function at the time of the accident.
Some of the most severe workplace accident injuries result from slip-and-fall incidents. If an employer knew or should have known of a dangerous condition in the workplace, like a puddle or dip that might cause an employee to slip and fall, they have a duty to protect the employee from the danger.
When someone experiences a slip and fall, they might also suffer blunt force head trauma, which is the medical term for a really hard knock on the head. Workers trapped under heavy machinery sometimes suffer spinal cord injuries. For commercial drivers and truckers, car accidents can cause workplace injuries.
Common injuries from on-the-clock car accidents include:
- Fractured or broken bones
- Head, neck, and back injuries, like concussions and hernias
- Brain injuries
- Full or partial paralysis or amputation
Traumatic accidents can include legal claims under multiple theories of law. It’s important to get an attorney with experience with your kind of case.
Statute of Limitations for Workplace Accident Claims in Florida
A statute of limitations is a law that sets a deadline for filing a certain type of lawsuit. Personal injury cases in Florida have a four-year statute of limitations. Once the statute of limitations has expired, the person with the right to sue will forever lose their right to recover.
In Florida, the statute of limitations for wrongful death claims is only two years. Even though it may seem like a long time, each step of the legal process can take weeks or even months. It is best to get in touch with an attorney as soon as practicable after a workplace accident.
Comparative Negligence in Florida
Under the law, the duty of care is a person’s duty to govern their behavior with a reasonable standard of care when acting in a way that has the potential to harm someone else. Failure to exercise a reasonable standard of care is negligence. When someone else’s negligence causes you harm, you can sue them for the damages you suffered.
If the person you sue claims that your own behavior caused your injuries, their responsibility for your damages might be reduced by the amount of fault you bear for your own injuries. Under the theory of comparative negligence, if an injured person is 25% responsible for their injuries, their total settlement value can be reduced by 25%.
Damages Available After a Workplace Accident
The amount of recovery a person receives after a workplace accident depends on the legal strategy that they pursue based on the facts of their case. Particularly, damages could differ between workers’ comp claims and personal injury claims.
Workers’ compensation is available to an employee who suffers a workplace injury, regardless of fault. Workers’ compensation covers 100% of medical expenses, but requires patients to use an approved physician.
Medical expenses covered by workers’ compensation include:
- Doctor’s visit (fees, transportation costs to and from appointment)
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Prescription drugs
- Orthotics and prostheses
- Attendant care and hospitalization
Injured employees sometimes face doubts from their employer and insurance companies about the extent of their injuries. It is important to seek medical care for all symptoms after you have been involved in a workplace accident.
Workers’ compensation also offers a cash benefit if you’re unable to work, or experiencing a total temporary disability. The cash benefit amount is between 60-80% of your regular wages.
If a doctor clears you to return to work with accommodations, you may qualify for partial temporary disability payments.
These benefits are meant to make up the difference when injured employees cannot earn at least 80% of their regular salary before the injury.
In Florida, you can’t sue your employer for workplace injuries. However, if a third party bears responsibility for your workplace injury, you may be able to recover under a personal injury claim. Personal injury damages include the medical expenses covered by workers’ comp, plus:
- Future medical care
- Diminished earning capacity
- Long-term care
- Pain and suffering, emotional distress
- Disfigurement and dysmorphia
An attorney with extensive experience in workplace accident cases can help you identify all at-fault parties in your workplace accident case and hold them accountable under the law.
Contact Our Ocala Workplace Accidents Lawyer
If you’ve been injured at work or off-site while performing your job duties, you may have a claim for compensation for your workplace accident. Workplace injuries can be compensable under Florida’s workers’ compensation system or through a personal injury claim.
Reach out to our experienced Ocala workplace accident lawyers today for a free consultation.