Workplace Injuries Attorney

Why should you hire a Workplace Injuries Attorney?

Workplace injuries are a significant danger to life, with tens of thousands of cases resulting in deaths every year in the USA. Injuries in the workplace often result in major physical injuries, loss of wages from missed work, and loss of employment among others. Many victims also develop mental health issues from the incident or from the effects, such as financial burdens and the inability to carry out regular working functions. After being injured in a work-related accident, a big question is who will pay for the medical expenses and loss of wages. However, you are unlikely to get a clear answer to this question by contacting your employer or their insurance providers.

Heavy truck and tractor-trailer drivers, non-construction laborers, construction workers, people working in manufacturing, nursing, retail, industrial stocking, janitors, and maintenance employees are most often involved in workplace injuries. Injuries typically include slip and fall accidents, and while it may not sound like a major injury, it often results in concussions, bone fractures, traumatic brain injuries, and even spinal injuries.

Construction site and mechanical or manufacturing accidents comprise a large portion of workplace injuries, with strains, sprains, and tears, even lacerations, cuts, or punctures, being common consequences. Serious construction accidents may even prevent workers from returning to work for a long time or permanently.

Workplace injuries & compensation

Workplace injuries also include company vehicle accidents. Company vehicle accidents drastically impact the victims due to the massive size of commercial vehicles. These cases also tend to be highly complex, and figuring out who is supposed to pay for treatments, lost wages, and other expenses can leave you reeling with confusion and worry.

Fortunately, all employers in Florida must provide workers' compensation insurance to their employees. Workers’ Compensation, or workers’ comp, is a government-mandated compensation system for workplace injuries. Workers’ comp can come in the form of a one-time payment, lump-sum or structured payments.

Therefore, if you are injured on the job, you can be assured that you are entitled to compensation from your employer's insurance company. If a worker is injured on the job, the insurance company may be liable to pay the victim 26 additional weeks of wage benefits. Florida laws may also require an insurance company to pay partial wages for up to 104 weeks in case the victim isn't fully disabled.

However, this doesn't mean that getting a fair sum or even getting your compensation at all is going to be easy. Workers' comp settlements are not intended to compensate for your pain and suffering nor cover lost wages or reduced working capacity. They generally compensate only for short-term medical expenses, and the payout is unlikely to meet your needs.

The first thing you should do when you are injured in the workplace is inform your employer and seek medical treatment. Recovery should be your number one priority. As soon as your medical needs have been addressed, get in touch with an attorney experienced in workplace injury cases. This is a critical step to avoid being exploited by insurance companies and your employers.

An experienced attorney can help you with many matters related to workplace injury. This includes:

  • Negotiating with your employer's insurance company
  • Filing the appropriate paperwork
  • Help recover medical bills, deductibles, and copays
  • Damage to your personal belongings
  • Workers' compensation and lost wages

Even the slightest slip-up can provoke a detriment in your situation, so having a competent attorney on your side is essential. Avoid making any statements that might shift the blame onto you, accepting offers from insurance companies, or even apologizing to anyone. Although Florida is a no-fault state, you should avoid admitting fault to another individual or your insurance company, as it could be used against you in a future settlement or court proceeding. Discuss any statements you make first with your attorney, as even any casual remarks can diminish the chances of negotiating a larger accident settlement.

When you call your insurance company, they may make a small initial offer and try to pressure you into accepting it. Don't succumb to the pressure! You are likely to receive up to four times the initial offer when you have an experienced attorney helping you negotiate. While your attorney is yet to arrive, avoid discussing any terms or circumstances of the accident, signing any settlement-related papers, or anything that could affect your final settlement. This includes agreeing to a settlement offered by a doctor, a doctor's representative, a hospital, your employer, or a fellow driver if the accident involves a vehicle.

Insurance companies are motivated to protect their financial assets and will go to extreme lengths to protect their interest. However, these are not going to be in your favor. You will need all the help you can get, and with Injury Assistance Network, all these services are only a phone call away. You can also get in touch with our representatives with a few simple steps on the IAN website. Get the answers to all your questions and a team of reliable professionals to help you get the compensation you deserve.

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