Fort Lauderdale Workman’s Compensation Lawyer for Employees in All Occupations and Professions
All types of workers get injured on the job. While some industries and professions are more dangerous than others, all employees face risks on a day-to-day basis. In Florida, the vast majority of employees are eligible to receive workers’ comp benefits when they get injured or sick on the job; and, while workers’ comp is a “no fault” system, it is still important to hire an experienced Fort Lauderdale workman’s compensation lawyer to help you collect the benefits you deserve.
Injured on the Job in Fort Lauderdale? You May Be Entitled to Workers’ Compensation
Under Florida law, most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees in most circumstances. This applies to all employees regardless of their position, seniority and job responsibilities. At the Maus Law Firm, we represent employees in all occupations who have suffered job-related injuries and illnesses. This includes, but is by no means limited to, workers such as:
- Firefighters – Firefighters face health and safety risks in all aspects of their employment. If you are a firefighter and you have suffered an injury or gotten sick on the job, you should speak with a lawyer about filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) – EMTs face daily health and safety risks as well. From slips and falls to exposure to contagious diseases, EMTs who are injured or who get sick on the job can (and should) file claims for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Doctors, Nurses and Other Healthcare Workers – Doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers put their own health on the line in order to provide care and treatment for others who are in need. Workers’ compensation benefits are available to healthcare workers who contract contagious diseases, who suffer injuries in slip-and-fall accidents, and who suffer other job-related illnesses and injuries.
- Licensed Professionals, Administrative Staff and Other Office Workers – While working in the office environment might not be as dangerous as working in certain other occupations, professionals, administrative staff members and other office workers frequently suffer job-related injuries and illnesses as well. This includes everything from carpal tunnel syndrome and lifting injuries to illnesses resulting from exposure to noxious substances.
- Drivers (Including Truck Drivers, Taxi Drivers and Others) – If you drive for work and you are injured in an accident, you can file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. This is in addition to filing a personal injury protection (PIP) claim and any liability-based claims that you have available.
- Warehouse and Industrial Workers – Working with forklifts, with industrial tools and equipment, and with items stored overhead all present injury risks for warehouse and industrial workers. Injuries from falls, falling objects, collisions and other accidents are all common, and they can all support claims for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Assembly Line Workers – Working on an assembly line presents a number of injury risks. This includes the risk of injuries from repetitive stress or repetitive motion as well as the risk of injuries from falls, assembly line equipment malfunctions and other traumatic events.
- Mechanics and Technicians – For mechanics and technicians, every day presents new risks for job-related injuries. Even if you do your job carefully, you can still suffer injuries due to unexpected issues and other factors that are beyond your control.
- Construction Workers – Construction sites are among the most-dangerous work environments in Florida. Each year, numerous construction workers suffer serious and fatal injuries. If you have been injured on a construction site, you should speak with a lawyer about filing for workers’ compensation.
- Skilled Tradespeople – Like many of the jobs listed above, working in the skilled trades presents injury risks on a day-to-day basis. From tool defects to coworkers’ mistakes, various issues can lead to severe and disabling injuries.
- Utility Workers – As a utility worker, you play an important role in our society. You also face a variety of health and safety risks each day you go to work. Falls, auto accidents, equipment malfunctions and coworker negligence are just some of the numerous factors that can lead to injuries on the job.
- Teachers and School Staff Members – As a teacher or school staff member, you may rarely think about the risk of being injured on the job. But, if you have been injured in a fall or while breaking up a fight, if you have suffered a repetitive stress injury, or if you have gotten sick at work, you can (and should) speak with a lawyer about filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits.
- Hospitality and Retail Workers – Working in hospitality or retail might not seem dangerous, but statistics show that these are among the most-dangerous industries for employees. Have you been injured while working in a hotel or store? If so, you should speak with a lawyer about your legal rights.
- Sanitation Workers – Sanitation workers also face a variety of health and safety risks on a day-to-day basis. If you work in sanitation and you need medical treatment due to a job-related illness or injury, you will want to speak with a lawyer to make sure you fully protect your legal rights.
Regardless of what you do for work, if you have gotten injured or sick on the job, you should discuss your legal rights with a Fort Lauderdale workman’s compensation lawyer. Even if you are not eligible for workers’ comp benefits (i.e. if you are an “independent contractor” rather than an “employee”), you may have other grounds for seeking financial compensation. Additionally, many workers have misconceptions about Florida’s workers’ compensation laws; and, too often, workers who are entitled to benefits fail to effectively assert their legal rights.
For example, did you know:
- You do not have to be performing your job duties when you get injured in order to file for workers’ compensation.
- You do not have to be at your ordinary place of employment when you get injured in order to file a claim for benefits.
- Even if you accidentally injured yourself at work, you are still entitled to benefits under Florida’s “no fault” workers’ compensation system.
Top Injury Risks for Employees in Florida
While all types of accidents and all types of injuries can support claims for workers’ compensation benefits, some accidents and injuries are much more common than others. For example, in addition to handling other types of claims, we routinely represent workers in cases involving:
- Lifting, bending and twisting injuries
- Vehicle collisions involving trucks and other work vehicles
- Tool, equipment and machinery accidents
- Ladder and scaffolding accidents
- Slips, trips and falls in all job locations
Contact Fort Lauderdale Workman’s Compensation Lawyer Joseph Maus
If you have been injured on the job in Fort Lauderdale and would like to find out if you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, call us at call 855-999-5297 or contact us online. Your initial consultation is free and confidential, and it costs you nothing out of pocket to hire Fort Lauderdale workman’s compensation lawyer Joseph Maus to represent you.