Our Lawyers Help Injured and Sick Workers in Fort Lauderdale Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits.
Each day you go to work, there is a chance that you will get sick or injured on the job. This is true regardless of your occupation, your health condition and how long you have been working in your chosen profession. From exposure to illnesses and toxic fumes to traumatic accidents such as falls and vehicle collisions, all types of work-related risks can lead to medical bills, loss of income and other losses.
At the Maus Law Firm, we represent Fort Lauderdale residents in workers’ compensation claims. We handle claims involving all types of illnesses and injuries, and we have nearly 30 years of experience recovering compensation for our clients’ job-related losses. We can help you collect the benefits to which you are legally entitled under Florida law, and we encourage you to contact one of our attorneys promptly so that we can begin working on your claim right away.
15 Common Job-Related Illnesses and Injuries
In Florida, as long as you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits, you can file a claim regardless of the nature of your job-related illness or injury. Workers’ compensation covers all types of illnesses and injuries, including (but not limited to):
1. Broken Bones
Many types of work-related accidents can result in broken bones. Broken toes and fingers are particularly common and can often result from relatively minor accidents, while broken ribs, clavicles, and arm and leg bones tend to result from more-serious falls and collisions.
2. Soft Tissue Injuries
Soft tissue injuries – injuries to muscles, ligaments and tendons – can range in severity from strains and sprains (which can heal on their own) to tears (which may require surgery). We help individuals collect workers’ compensation benefits for soft tissue injuries resulting from overexertion, overuse and traumatic accidents.
3. Severe Lacerations and Punctures
Severe lacerations and punctures requiring sutures or other invasive forms of treatment can lead to significant losses. Not only can the costs of treatment be substantial, but individuals who suffer these types of injuries will often be unable to work until their injuries are fully healed.
4. Injuries from Slips, Trips and Falls
Slips, trips and falls are among the most-common causes of work-related injuries. Whether you fell on a construction site, in your office building or in any other job location, our attorneys can help you collect the medical, disability and rehabilitation benefits to which you are legally entitled.
5. Injuries from Vehicle Collisions
Along with slips, trips and falls, vehicle collisions account for the majority of workers’ compensation claims involving traumatic injuries. While commuters generally are not eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, if you were driving as part of your job duties, then any injuries you sustained in your accident should be covered under your employer’s workers’ compensation policy.
6. Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI)
Repetitive stress injuries (RSI) are work-related injuries that result not from traumatic accidents, but instead from wear and tear over time. Common examples include carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendonitis and epicondylitis (tennis elbow). If you are experiencing symptoms of a repetitive stress injury, it is important that you consult with an attorney about your workers’ compensation rights promptly.
7. Concussions and Other Forms of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Concussions and other forms of traumatic brain injury (TBI) are serious injuries that require immediate medical attention. Generally, rest is necessary for recovery, and returning to work too soon can greatly increase the chances of suffering a second, and potentially worse, TBI.
8. Herniated Discs
Herniated discs are common work-related injuries that can result from trauma or repetitive stress. Back pain is usually the first symptom, often followed by weakness or numbness in either the arms or legs depending on the specific location of the injury.
9. Lower Back Pain and Neck Pain
Lower back pain and neck pain are symptoms of potentially-serious or chronic injuries that should not be ignored. Once your doctor diagnoses the specific cause of your pain, our attorneys can help you recover the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.
10. Overexertion and Overuse Injuries
Common overexertion and overuse injuries include sprains, strains, tears and fractures. From using tools to twisting and bending, various types of work-related activities can cause debilitating injuries that require treatment and recovery.
11. Exposure to Illnesses, Toxic Chemicals, Fumes or Mold
Exposure to illnesses, toxic chemicals, fumes and mold can cause potentially-serious medical conditions, including lung damage, brain damage and cancer. If you are experiencing symptoms of an illness or exposure to a toxic substance or mold, you should see a doctor and consult with a workers’ compensation attorney right away.
12. Electrocution Injuries
Electrocutions are common accidents on construction sites, but they can occur in various other job settings as well. If you were exposed to a dangerous energy source on the job, you can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits regardless of the nature of your occupation.
13. Burns from Fires and Explosions
Burn injuries can range greatly in severity, and victims’ treatment and recovery needs will vary as well. As your workers’ compensation law firm, we will fight to ensure that you receive the maximum benefits available under Florida law.
14. Strokes and Heart Conditions
Strokes, heart attacks, and other sudden and unexpected health risks can be especially dangerous in the employment setting. They can result from various job-related factors; and, even if you had a pre-existing condition, you may still be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
15. Anxiety, Depression and Post-Traumatic Stress
Suffering a job-related injury will leave many individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress and other psychological disorders. If you experience psychological or emotional changes after suffering a work-related illness or injury, it is important that you seek help promptly.
Speak with a Fort Lauderdale Workers’ Compensation Lawyer for Free
If you would like to speak with a Fort Lauderdale workers’ compensation lawyer about your claim for benefits, we encourage you to get in touch. We can file your claim for you, and we can use our experience to help make sure you receive the full benefits to which you are legally entitled. To get started with a free and confidential consultation, call us at 855-999-5297 or tell us how we can help online today.