Workplace injuries occur throughout Florida in almost any type of job imaginable. While the manufacturing and construction industries account for a large share of on the job injuries, many workers are injured in the service industry and in office jobs. Workplace injuries commonly occur in factories, warehouses, retail outlets, and offices.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over three million workers in the United States are injured on the job every year. Some of the most common workplace injuries are back strain, Carpal Tunnal Syndrome, brain injury, bone fracture, spinal injury, Tendonitis, lacerations, and burns.
Florida has a no–fault worker’s compensation system. This means that compensation is available to injured workers, regardless of who caused the accident. However, benefits may be reduced for workers who knowingly violate a safety rule, and workers can lose all benefits if they were injured while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol.
Various forms of compensation are available to injured workers under Florida’s worker’s compensation system. Depending on the nature of the injury, an injured worker may be entitled to medical benefits, disability benefits, lost wages, reasonable and necessary travel expenditures related to the injury, and attendant care benefits.
Florida’s worker’s compensation system is designed to prevent the high costs associated with litigating workplace injuries. Even though the state’s worker’s compensation system does not normally entail litigation, an experienced workplace injury attorney is still a great idea for those injured at work. Without a strong advocate who knows the intricacies of Florida workplace injury law, workers seeking benefits risk being taken advantage of by worker’s compensation insurance companies.
If you or a loved one was recently injured at work, call the experienced workplace injury attorneys at Anidjar & Levine today. Florida law requires those injured on the job to act quickly, so time is of the essence. Contact our Fort Lauderdale Offices at (800) 747–3733 for a free consultation.