Fort Lauderdale Workplace Accident Attorney
Representing the legal rights of individuals injured in workplace accidents
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics1 (BLS), there were more than 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illness that required days away from work during 2013. Workplace injuries can occur to nearly any type of worker, whether you work in construction or in a corporate call center. In many cases, these injuries leave victims with significant medical expenses, lost income, physical and emotional pain and suffering, and loss of earning potential. In particularly serious cases, these injuries may even result in long-term medical conditions or disabilities that can affect a person’s ability to work in the future or even live without constant medical care. As a result, it is important for victims to discuss their options with an experienced Fort Lauderdale workplace accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Workers’ Compensation does not bar all legal claims
Many injured workers may be under the impression that they are barred by filing a claim by Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Program.2 Generally speaking, Workers’ Compensation does operate to provide injured workers benefits regardless of fault. As a result of these benefits, many people who are injured at work are in fact unable to bring a personal injury lawsuit against their lawyer. There are some cases, however, in which a person who has been injured at work can sue. These include the following:
- When workplace injuries have been caused by a third-party contractor
- When workplace injuries are caused by defective work tools or equipment
- When workplace injuries are caused by the intentional conduct of an employer, under certain circumstances
Generally speaking, the recovery that can be obtained through a personal injury lawsuit is significantly greater than that which could be obtained through Workers’ Compensation benefits. As a result, anyone injured in a workplace accident should discuss their options with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible.
Workplace accidents can cause serious injuries
The injuries that people can sustain in workplace accidents can be extremely serious. In some cases, these injuries may not arise from a particular “accident,” but rather from months or even years of repetitive activities or exposure to certain substances. Common workplace injuries that often give workers the legal right to sue include the following:
- Broken bones
- Repetitive Strain Injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Certain types of cancer
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Soft tissue injuries
- Back injuries
Contact a Ft. Lauderdale workplace accident lawyer today to retain legal representation
Many people who are injured in workplace accidents are legally entitled to file a personal injury claim in order to recover for their injuries and other losses associated with their accident.
South Florida attorney Joseph J. LoRusso has extensive experience assisting clients file successful workplace accident claims in Fort Lauderdale and its surrounding areas. Please feel free to fill out our online contact form or call (954) 715-3260 to schedule a free consultation today.