What are Work Related Injuries?
Work-related injuries happen to people in all walks of life. While certain occupations are more dangerous than others, whether you work in an office or on a construction site, you face potential injury risks on a daily basis.
If you have suffered a work-related injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Florida law requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and most employees are eligible for “no-fault” benefits when they get injured on the job. However, since workers’ compensation benefits are limited by law, it is important to consider other potential sources of financial compensation as well.
Experienced Lawyers for Injured Workers in Volusia and Flagler Counties
At Rue & Ziffra Law Offices, we help injured workers in Volusia and Flagler Counties seek maximum compensation for their work-related injuries. Whether you are an employee who is eligible for workers’ compensation or an independent contractor who is not, we can explore all available options for maximizing your financial recovery. As a personal injury and disability law firm, we routinely represent workers in a variety of different types of claims. We will leave no stone unturned, and we will stop at nothing to help you enforce your legal rights.
If you are eligible for workers’ compensation, there are strict timelines that limit your opportunity to file for medical and disability benefits. Your claim is also subject to other restrictions. Therefore, we strongly encourage you to contact us as soon as possible. Conducting a thorough investigation can be critical to securing evidence for other types of claims as well; and if necessary, our legal team can take action immediately to preserve your claim for just compensation.
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Types of Work Injury Claims We Handle
With over 180 years of combined experience, our attorneys have represented thousands of clients diagnosed with a broad range of work-related injuries and illnesses. Regardless of the nature of your medical condition, if you are unable to work due to an injury or illness you suffered at work, we can use our experience to help you collect the financial compensation you deserve. We represent individuals throughout Volusia and Flagler Counties who have suffered all types of work-related injuries and illnesses, including:
- Burns from chemical exposure, fires, and explosions
- Broken bones
- Lifting and carrying injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Muscular injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries and concussions
- Occupational illnesses (including cancers)
- Vehicle accident injuries
Under Florida’s workers’ compensation law, eligible employees can seek coverage for their injury-related expenses and a portion of their lost wages (commonly referred to as “disability” benefits). While workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system, we routinely represent workers who have been denied benefits for a variety of different reasons. Due to the complex issues involved in maximizing your claim for benefits, we strongly recommend that you seek legal representation before filing for workers’ compensation.
One way to seek full compensation for your work-related injury is by filing a personal injury claim. Unlike workers’ compensation benefits, in order to collect personal injury damages, you must be able to prove that someone else was at fault (or “negligent”) in causing your injury or illness. While employers are immune from personal injury claims in most cases, injured workers will often have claims against negligent drivers, contractors, subcontractors, and other negligent third parties.
If you were injured due to a dangerous condition at work, you may have a claim for premises liability. While the most-common premises liability claims involve slips, trips, and falls, any type of accident resulting from any type of dangerous condition can potentially support a claim for premises liability. Most companies do not own the buildings where they house their operations. As a result, employees will frequently be able to file claims for full compensation against the office, warehouse, industrial facility, and construction site owners.
Work-related injuries resulting from accidents involving dangerous and defective products can give rise to claims for product liability. These claims involve lawsuits against product designers, manufacturers, and sellers on a “strict liability” basis. If you were injured by a defective vehicle, tool, piece of equipment or machinery, building material, or any other type of product, we can pursue a claim to recover full compensation for all of your injury-related losses.
Q: If I have been injured at work, how do I know what type of claim to file?
The only way to determine your rights after a work-related injury is to conduct a thorough investigation. Until we know exactly what happened, we cannot determine the types of claims you may have available. To make sure you have the best opportunity to secure maximum compensation, you should report the accident to your employer, keep any evidence you may have, and contact an attorney as soon as possible.
Q: Can I file a personal injury claim and a claim for workers’ compensation benefits?
Potentially, yes. If you are eligible for workers’ compensation and someone other than your employer was at fault in the accident, then you may be able to file both types of claims. While you may need to repay your workers’ compensation benefits if your personal injury claim is successful, (i) the outcome of a work injury claim is never guaranteed, and (ii) workers’ compensation benefits can typically be obtained more quickly than personal injury damages. If we are able to successfully file both types of claims, we will help you deal with any workers’ compensation offset requirements to make sure you keep as much money as possible.
Q: What are the deadlines for filing work-related injury claims in Florida?
In most cases, the deadlines for filing work-related injury claims in Florida are listed below. However, some exceptions apply, and you should not wait any longer than necessary to assert your legal rights.
- Workers’ Compensation Claims – 30 days to file an accident report with your employer
- Personal Injury Claims – Four years from the date of the accident
- Premises Liability Claims – Four years from the date of the accident
- Product Liability Claims – Four years from the date of the accident
Q: Do I need an attorney to seek financial compensation for a work-related injury?
Legally speaking, no. You do not need to hire a lawyer in order to file for workers’ compensation, and you can try to file a personal injury, premises liability, or product liability claim on your own. But, is this a good idea? Almost certainly not.
Employers and their insurance companies routinely deny workers’ compensation claims, and companies have teams of defense lawyers who fight against injured workers’ claims for liability. If you try to handle your case on your own, you will not be on a level playing field. In order to protect your rights and stand up to these companies’ aggressive defense tactics, you need a legal team of your own that can use the law to your advantage.
Put Over 180 Years of Local Experience on Your Side
Our firm has been representing injured workers in Volusia and Flagler Counties since 1976. If you have suffered a work-related injury or illness, let us put this experience to work for you. Contact us today for a free consultation and to learn more about what separates us from other law firms in the area.
- We exclusively practice injury law – which encompasses workers’ compensation, personal injury, and disability benefit claims.
- We have a unique team approach, which puts the full weight of our nine-attorney team on your side.
- We are available 24/7 – and we even provide you with your primary attorney’s cell phone number.
- We have a community focus – which includes representing thousands of local residents and sponsoring more than 70 local events every year.
- We are committed to maximizing your financial recovery – whether that means negotiating a lump-sum workers’ compensation settlement, or taking your personal injury case to trial.
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If you are ready to speak with an attorney about your work-related injury, your first step is easy: Call or click to schedule a free consultation. You can reach 24/7 at (386) 788-7700, or tell us how to reach you and we will be in touch as soon as possible.