If you were injured during a workplace accident in Melbourne, you might be within your rights to seek workers’ compensation or file a lawsuit against a negligent party. In either case, we can help you seek payments to cover your necessary medical expenses, lost income, and other losses.
An injury lawyer from our team can be there to help you seek compensation for your injury in a Melbourne workplace. Our team of attorneys wants to get you the help you need to recover.
Recoverable Damages in Workplace Injury Cases
The types of damages you can recover after your accident will depend on what type of case you file. If you file a workers’ compensation claim, you are entitled to seek compensation for your medical expenses, lost income, and diminished earning abilities.
We can help you to:
- File your claim
- Ensure all important paperwork is processed
- Help you with any delays or disputes to your claim
- Advocate for the compensation you need to recover from your injuries
If you are eligible to file a lawsuit, you may qualify to seek both economic and non-economic damages, including:
- Impaired quality of life
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation services
- Emotional suffering
- Physical pain
- Loss of consortium
- Disability assistance
- And more
To consult with an experienced workplace injury lawyer serving Melbourne, call 855-686-6752
Is It Possible to Sue Your Employer in Florida?
It is typically difficult to file a lawsuit against your employer after a workplace accident, both in Florida and many other states. However, there are a few exceptions to this rule.
Ultimately, it is hard to file a lawsuit against your employer because that is what workers’ compensation is for. You pay for insurance because it protects you against unforeseen accidents—and in exchange, your employer is typically protected from any lawsuits from an employee.
Circumstances Where You Could Take Where Legal Action Against an Employer
However, there are some cases where it may be appropriate to pursue a lawsuit against your employer, including:
- Your employer intentionally caused your injuries.
- Your employer put you in a situation where injuries were virtually guaranteed to happen.
It is also possible that a third party might have been responsible for your injuries, such as an equipment manufacturer. We can help you bring a lawsuit against a negligent manufacturer. After reviewing your case, our attorneys can help you understand if you are within your rights to take legal action against the people who caused your accident.
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Important Deadlines for Workplace Injury Claims
Whether you file a claim for workers’ compensation or you end up filing a lawsuit based on negligence, your case will be subjected to important deadlines.
For workers’ compensation claims, Florida Statutes §440.185 gives you thirty days to report your claim to your employer, starting on the day you find out about your injuries. Florida Statutes §95.11 gives you four years to file a personal injury lawsuit, beginning on the day of your injuries. If you discovered your injuries at a later date, the statute of limitations may be extended to coincide with that date.
If you fail to act within these time frames, you may forfeit your eligibility for compensation.
What You Should Do after a Workplace Accident
The first thing you should do after a workplace accident is to seek medical attention. Your health is always the top priority. If your injuries are relatively minor, you do not need to call 9-1-1. However, at the very least, you should receive an examination by a certified medical professional.
Next, you may want to document the scene of the accident. Was the floor wet? Take a photo that shows the puddle that caused you to slip. Did a piece of machinery malfunction? Do your best to show what went wrong.
Additionally, you should consider the following steps:
- Gathering the names and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses who saw the accident occur
- Filing a report with your employer within 30 days of your injury
- Attending any necessary medical appointments recommended by a doctor
- Working with a Melbourne workplace injury lawyer’s office that can fill you in on how to protect your rights moving forward
File Your Claim Your Workers’ Compensation
After you file your initial report, your employer should report your injury to the workers’ compensation insurance provider. If they fail to do so, the Division of Workers’ Compensation states that you can report the incident to the insurance company yourself.
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Workplace Injury Lawyers Representing Victims in Melbourne
Here at Bogin, Munns & Munns, we want to help you feel comfortable throughout your case. Workplace injuries can be hard on the body and mind—especially if your injuries take you away from the things you love. You should not be saddled with the burdens of someone else’s mistake.
We understand the complex nature of workplace accidents. That is why we offer multiple legal services to help take some of the pressure off you and your loved ones.
Our legal services include:
- Civil litigation services
- Reviewing your workers’ compensation policy and handling the claims process
- Handling workers’ compensation disputes
- Gathering information about your case to help prove liability
- Communicating with relevant parties
- Offering legal advice
- Calculating case values
- Negotiating settlements
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Our firm has fought for injury victims for over four decades. Along the way, we have seen many workers’ injury cases and we can use our experience for you. A Melbourne workplace injury lawyer from our team can be there for you through all the ups and downs of your case. Together, we can protect your right to seek compensation.