If you feel like someone else was responsible for your workplace accident, you may be able to sue them for your damages.
Over the past 40 years, our law firm has worked with countless workplace accident victims. These accidents need to be taken seriously so you can get the compensation you need to recover from your injuries and move on with your life. Our workplace injury lawyers in Leesburg can help you protect your rights and fight for compensation on your behalf.
Collecting Damages After a Workplace Accident
Workers’ compensation insurance is designed to cover the economic impact of your accident, specifically addressing your lost wages, medical bills, and long-term disabilities.
In contrast, filing a lawsuit allows you to seek many different types of damages that cover the totality of your pain and suffering. These damages may include:
- Long-term assistance for disabilities
- Loss of income
- Repairing your damaged property
- Medical expenses
- Psychological trauma
- Impaired quality of life
- Rehabilitation services for your injuries
- Future lost earning capacity
- Scarring and disfigurement
Parties You Can Sue After a Workplace Accident
Taking legal action against your employer is not an option in most workplace injury cases. Florida law requires employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance for you, which essentially makes them immune to lawsuits.
However, if they deny you your basic right to workers’ compensation insurance, you may be within your rights to file a lawsuit. Additionally, they may be held liable for your accident if the court determines that they caused your accident on purpose. Cases of extreme negligence may also warrant lawsuits. When you consider the root cause of workplace accidents, there are numerous parties who can be held responsible for your injuries, some of which include:
- Property owners
- Animal owners
- Different employees at your company
- Government organizations
- Motor vehicle drivers
How Can Workplace Injury Lawyers Investigate My Accident?
Every accident is different, so our investigations are conducted on a case-by-case basis. In some instances, the investigation calls for techniques that are out of our area of expertise.
We do not shy away from reaching out to industry professionals and specialists to assist us while we gather evidence for your case. If needed, we can submit evidence for further analysis, in addition to pulling records from outside companies and organizations.
Overall, we will do everything in our power within the bounds of the law. For the sake of your case, we take our time with our investigations, carefully gathering the evidence we need to build your case before presenting it to the appropriate parties.
The Types of Evidence We Can Gather for You
In the past, we have used many common resources during our workplace accident investigations, including:
- Submitting items for forensic testing
- Examining defective products
- Gathering physical evidence from the scene of the accident
- Reviewing the pictures you took at the scene of the accident
- Pulling records from cell phone companies
- Gathering testimony from eyewitnesses
- Seeking advice from accident reconstruction specialists, industry professionals, and other expert witnesses
- Obtaining surveillance footage
- Gathering similar reports
Other Responsibilities We Can Take on for You
Of course, gathering evidence is a vital part of building your case, but it is only one of the many tasks needed. Our workplace injury lawyers can execute these others for you. Some of our services include:
- Promptly filing all paperwork
- Relaying communication between you and the other parties
- Applying monetary values to your damages
- Settlement negotiations
- Examining insurance policies
- Proving liability
- Tracking deadlines
- Legal counsel
- Civil litigation
Feel free to consult your lawyer at any point in the process—you do not have to go through this alone.
Filing your workplace injury case within the statute of limitations
To maintain your eligibility for compensation, you must file your case within the deadline established by the State of Florida—known as the “statute of limitations.” For most workplace accidents, your personal injury lawsuit will be subject to the four-year statute of limitations listed under Florida Statutes §95.11.
However, the specific circumstances of your case may affect the timeline for filing. If you wish to file a wrongful death lawsuit, you must file it within two years of the death. In cases brought against cities, counties, or state-run organizations, your case may be subjected to a completely different set of deadlines and regulations.
Lastly, workers’ compensation claims must be filed within two years of your accident, in accordance with Florida Statutes §440.19. Any case that is filed outside of these statutes may be subject to dismissal, which will make it extremely difficult to recover compensation for your injuries.
Taking legal action with the workplace injury lawyers at Bogin, Munns & Munns
The field of personal injury involves many different proceedings, laws, and regulations. Fortunately, our law firm has represented workplace accident victims since we first opened our doors in 1979.
Here at Bogin, Munns & Munns, we want you to feel comfortable taking your case into your own hands. To get started with your free consultation today, reach out to a Bogin, Munns & Munns representative at (352) 728-3773.