People go to work every day with the expectation that the day will go as usual. They hardly ever consider what would happen if they were to be involved in an accident. However, safety precautions should be taken at all places of work, regardless of whether they seem dangerous or not. This is because a workplace accident can happen at any job, causing life-changing injuries to employees. In these situations, employees can seek compensation for the damages they incurred. It is important to have the assistance of a Florida personal injury attorney in doing so.
How Can a Workplace Accident Happen?
All employers in Florida are required to ensure the safety of their employees. This is done by providing them the right safety equipment and training. If they do not, it can possibly result in the following accidents:
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Muscle strains
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Crashes or collisions
- Inhaling toxic fumes
- Loud noise exposure
- Being hit by falling objects
How Can I Recover Compensation?
When a person is injured in their place of work, it is crucial that they report the accident to their employer as soon as possible. This allows the process of recovering workers’ compensation to start. Workers’ compensation is insurance that gives certain benefits to injured employees that can cover the damages due to the accident. This can include medical care, supplemental benefits, long-term benefits, and death benefits.
There are many cases in which the accident occurred not at the fault of an employer, but because of a third-party’s negligence. This may be a subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, designer, etc. In these situations, it is important to know that injured parties can file a lawsuit against the third party to recover compensation for these damages. However, if they previously received workers’ compensation, they may be required to reimburse the insurance company.
Contact our Firm
To discuss your case with our experienced Panama City personal injury attorneys, contact Manuel & Thompson, P.A. today for your free consultation.