If another party is deemed liable for your workplace injuries, you may be compensated for your losses. Even if a lawsuit is not possible in your case, most employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance in the state of Florida. Workers’ comp benefits can help you with medical costs, seeking further treatment, recovering lost wages, and more.
No matter what your plans are for your case, our law firm is here to help. A workplace injury lawyer from our firm can help you take your Orlando case to civil court, file a workers’ compensation claim, and everything in between. We can help you protect your rights during your fight for justice.
Recoverable damages in workplace injury cases
When you bring a case against someone for a workplace accident, you can seek damages for your economic and non-economic suffering. That includes lost wages, medical bills, emotional suffering, property damage, impaired quality of life, and more.
Coverage for medical expenses can be quite extensive. Some examples of eligible damages include:
- Physical therapy
- Visits to the doctor’s office
- Gas mileage traveling to and from medical visits
- Prosthetics and other medical devices
- Caregiver services
- Medical testing
However, you may not qualify for emotional damages if you file a workers’ compensation claim. Workers’ compensation claims allow you to recover damages related to lost income, loss of earning abilities, and medical expenses.
Suing Your Employer in Florida
Suing your employer is notoriously difficult in some states, but Florida’s legislation makes it possible under a few scenarios. For example, you might be able to file a lawsuit against your employer if:
- They caused your accident on purpose.
- Your employer displayed reckless negligence leading up to your accident, which virtually guaranteed that you would be injured as a result of their actions.
However, other parties beyond your employer could be deemed liable for your injuries. Other parties who you may pursue in a personal injury case include:
- Equipment manufacturers
- Contractors and subcontractors
- And other parties
Our attorneys can help examine your accident and educate you about your potential options. If a lawsuit won’t make sense for your case, we can help you seek workers’ comp benefits.
Different Types of Workers’ Comp Benefits
According to the Division of Workers’ Compensation, you may qualify for five distinctive types of disability coverage when you file a workers’ comp claim:
Temporary Total Disability (TT)
This coverage is for injuries that completely render you unable to work for a relatively short period of time—not permanently. Your coverage can last up to 104 weeks. In severe cases, you may be eligible to recover 80% of your regular wages (for up to six months following the accident). In most cases, you can qualify for 66.6% of your regular wages.
Temporary Partial Disability (TP)
If you are able to return to work but you are unable to perform your previous job-related duties, you may qualify for supplemental income that makes up the difference between your previous level of income and your current level of income. To qualify for TP insurance, you must be unable to make 80% of your previous wages.
Impairment Benefits (IB)
These benefits are available if a doctor determines that you are permanently impaired (more than 0%) from your injuries. The amount of compensation you receive will be based on your percentage of impairment.
Permanent Total Disability (PTD)
If your percentage of impairment has reached a point where you are permanently unable to work, you might receive compensation for the rest of your life.
A maximum of $150,000 is available for the immediate family (dependents) of victims who were killed within one year of their accident. Funeral expenses are also available (up to $7,500) as well as educational benefits for the surviving spouse—if applicable.
If you have any further questions about what types of benefits you may qualify for after a work-related accident, a workplace injury lawyer from our team can be there to assist you in your Orlando case. Over the years, our firm has helped countless families in Central Florida during their battle for compensation.
Time Limits on Filing Workplace Injury Cases
As a general rule, Florida Statutes §95.11 assigns a four-year statute of limitations on recovering damages for a workplace accident in Orlando via a lawsuit. If you wish to file a workers’ compensation claim, Florida Statutes §440.185 states that the injury must be reported within 30 days of your injuries.
If you fail to act within these timeframes, you may forfeit your eligibility for compensation. We recommend getting started on your case as soon as you can.
Our Workplace Injury Lawyers Fight for Victims in Orlando
Here at Bogin, Munns & Munns, we know that no community can operate without its workers. The way we see it, you are the backbone that makes Central Florida a great place to live. Our firm has proudly fought for victims of workplace injuries since its inception in 1979, and we will continue to do so as long as we are needed.
Our attorneys can provide you with many legal services during this difficult time, including:
- Negotiating settlements
- Filing lawsuits
- Civil litigation
- Determining liability
- Legal advice
- Adding up the value of your damages
- Reviewing your workers’ compensation coverage
- Advising you on the claims process
- Handling workers’ comp claims disputes
- Handling communications between relevant parties
Call Our Team Today to Get Started
A workplace injury lawyer from our team can give you the freedom you need to take a break and focus on recovering from your injuries. We can handle the legal aspects of your Orlando case from start to finish.
For more information about your rights after a workplace accident, contact a Bogin, Munns & Munns representative today at (407) 578-9696 to receive your free consultation.