When Injured Workers Need an Attorney in Miami
Accidents and injuries are an unavoidable part of life. However, as the average full time employee spends an average of 35% or more of a 50-year working life at work, dealing with an injury while at work is not usual.
The severity of injuries sustained can vary greatly, from simple sprains and minor cuts to broken bones and serious spine or head traumas, depending on the type and how the injury was sustained will affect how you should go about filing for compensation and how much compensation you will receive. Workers’ compensation attorneys can help you in a variety of areas regarding your workplace injury, and
The Effects of a Workplace Injury
The subsequent effects of a workplace injury will reflect the extent of the pain and suffering that a worker has endured. In the case of serious injury, an employee may require extensive, expensive medical treatment and ongoing rehabilitation and care, both of which may make it impossible for them to return to work.
An employer has a responsibility for your safety at work. If your accident or injury has been sustained as a result of employer negligence, then you may be entitled to compensation. Some of the ways in which an employee may be at fault for your injury include, but are not limited to:
Failing to provide adequate training for you or a co-worker
Failing to provide safety workwear or equipment
Failing to undertake risk assessments
Failing to put safety protocols in place for tasks and activities that are completed in your line of work
Failing to ensure the maintenance of tools and vehicles
In some cases, an injured worker may also have a case against a third party, such as a manufacturer who built a piece of equipment, or a supplier who delivered faulty products.
Worker’s Compensation Benefits
If you are involved in an accident during the course of your work, you may be entitled to claim worker’s compensation. This is a monetary benefit that is paid to people who are injured at work in order to ease the financial burden of the injury, including loss of earnings and medical and rehabilitation bills. By claiming worker’s compensation, the employee relinquishes their right to sue their employer for negligence.
Can I Represent Myself?
Many people who suffer an injury at work wonder whether to hire a worker’s compensation attorney, or whether to represent themselves. It is important to keep in mind that few cases involving an injury at work are straightforward, and if you have a pre-existing medical condition, or your employer disputes your claim, then representing yourself successfully may be virtually impossible. Even if you are adamant that you wish to represent yourself, it is worth taking advantage of a free consultation with us, so that we can walk you through the process and give you an honest appraisal as to whether you may be able to handle the case yourself.
Why Hire an Attorney?
As we mentioned earlier, few compensation cases are straightforward and there can be many complexities that arise, sometimes when you least expect them. Some of these include:
Your employer denies liability for the accident or injury.
Your worker’s compensation claim is rejected by your employer’s insurance company.
Your employer’s settlement offer is not enough to cover loss of earnings or your medical costs.
Social Security is taking a large percentage of your benefits.
You suffer from discrimination in your workplace as a result of your compensation claim.
If you have suffered a permanent disability as a result of your accident, you may find that you are unable to return to any form of employment. As such, you may be eligible to receive weekly payments for the duration of your lifetime or a lump sum figure, to compensate for your lack of earnings. These cases can be particularly expensive for insurance companies, who often will do their very best to avoid paying out the entitled amount.
An experienced worker’s compensation attorney has the skill and specialized knowledge necessary to help you receive fair and accurate compensation for your workplace injury.
Our team at Juan Lucas Alvarez, P.A. will give your case the confidentiality and personal attention that it requires, and works tirelessly with you to help you achieve a settlement that reflects the nature of your claim. Call our office today for a free consultation at 305-442-7375.