In Florida, if you are required to operate a motor vehicle throughout the course of your workday, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits, along with benefits available to you under personal injury claims. Immediately after an on-the-job car accident, after seeking medical attention, be sure to report the accident to your employer.If your accident was caused by someone other than your employer or co-worker, a personal injury claim can be filed against the third party for any damages resulting from the accident. The ability to file a personal injury claim, as well as a Workers’ Compensation claim is advantageous for many car accident victims. One benefit of the ability to file a personal injury claim is claims for pain and suffering are barred in Workers’ Compensation actions, but not in personal injury actions. Therefore, by filing a personal injury claim as well as a Workers’ Compensation claim, the victim is able to recover damages for pain and suffering which would otherwise be prohibited.
Recently, a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was involved in a traumatic accident while driving on I-75.Fortunately, the deputy did not sustain any life-threatening injuries from this accident; however, this type of traumatic event never occurs in a vacuum, and often affects all areas of the victim’s life.
After an on-the-job car accident, you need a skilled attorney on your side to fight aggressively for the benefits you deserve, and to help you obtain the necessary means to reestablish your life’s order. If you have been involved in an on-the-job car accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Lancaster & Eure today.
An article produced by students at Skidmore College in New York provides a real world example of the plights of migrant workers who are forced to deal with work-related injuries in the United States. The article highlights the story of a migrant worker who came to the United States to work at the Saratoga Race Track in New York, where he sustained a work-related injury. Typically, the Workers’ Compensation laws in the state of New York are considered some of the most worker-friendly Workers’ Compensation laws in the nation. However, this article exposes the issues migrant workers face when they have sustained a work-related injury.
Many industries rely on both migrant and undocumented workers to provide necessary services that allow those businesses to thrive in today’s competitive market. This is certainly true in Florida due to the substantial farming and hospitality industries which rely heavily on the services of migrant and undocumented workers to continue thriving in the current business climate.
The Florida legislature has recognized the importance of migrant and undocumented workers to the businesses and industries that operate in Florida. In fact, the Florida Workers’ Compensation statute provides the same protection and benefits for undocumented workers as they do for documented workers who have sustained work-related injuries. Unfortunately, the Workers’ Compensation insurance carriers who insure these industries do not share the same view of the importance of migrant and undocumented workers, and continually endeavor to deny Workers’ Compensation benefits to injured workers who truly deserve them.
If you or your loved ones have sustained a work-related trauma, contact the attorneys at Lancaster & Eure today to ensure you will have an advocate who will fight for the benefits you truly deserve.
Recently, a construction worker in Miami, FL was involved in a tragic accident while on the job. While working on a construction site a piece of machinery weighing about 2,000 pounds, that was being hoisted by a crane, fell onto him as he was working on the 37th floor of a condominium. Tragically, the 29-year-old worker died at the scene of the accident.
Unfortunately, these types of tragic accidents occur all too often in Florida. A recent article by Contact 5, part of WPTV in West Palm Beach, cited the Bureau of Labor Statistics' report finding that Florida continues to have one of the highest work-related death rates in the country (based on population). In fact the Bureau's statistics from 2014 found that Florida had the 2nd highest work-related death rate in the country behind only Texas. The article cites possible reasons for this as the lack of teeth in the fines imposed by OSHA, a lack of resources available to OSHA, and Florida's 2002 abolishment of its Department of Labor. The lack of resources is so profound that the article estimates there is only one OSHA safety inspector for approximately every 66,000 job sites nationwide.
Under Florida's Workers' Compensation law there are benefits available for the deceased worker's surviving spouse and/or children such as:
If you or your loved ones have been affected by a work-related death contact the attorneys at Lancaster & Eure today.