Not everyone who works does so behind a desk. Many people work long, hard hours doing laborious work to earn their paycheck. Those who do take great pride in working hard for their money and providing for their families. Unfortunately, however, that type of work also brings with it many risks for injury, as the work environments often pose hazards that office jobs do not.
While there is still potential for a workplace injury to occur in an office it is much more likely in other industries. Construction, manufacturing, and trade work generally have greater potential for injury than others, and employees rely on workers’ compensation benefits in the event that they’re injured. In fact, in Florida, it’s required by law that any employer with more than four employees carries workers’ compensation insurance and only one employee for a construction company.
These benefits were created to compensate you if you’ve been injured or suffered a serious illness while performing your job. And because it’s a no-fault insurance, you’re entitled to receive the benefits regardless if the injury was your fault or not. Nearly 100,000 workers are injured on the job each year in Florida, making these benefits extremely important when an injury occurs. These benefits were created to provide compensation for:
- Medical care/bills
- Lost wages
- Death benefits
As mentioned above, there are certain industries and jobs that pose a greater risk for injury than others. The severe personal injuries that can occur can significantly affect your life, as well as your family’s life if you’re unable to continue to perform your job and receive a steady paycheck. Some of the most common causes of workplace injuries include:
- Falls from heights
- Blunt force trauma from falling objects
- Slip and falls
- Vehicle or heavy machinery accident
- Repetitive motion injury
- Burns and/or electrocution
- Occupational illness
It may seem rather straightforward that if you suffer a workplace injury you claim workers’ compensation and everything is taken care of. This is true to an extent and while you’re not required to hire a lawyer when filing for workers’ compensation, it can significantly help your chances of getting the maximum benefits you deserve for your injuries. Because it’s an insurance program, there is still the potential an adjuster may reduce or even deny your workers’ compensation benefits. Having an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer on your side can help make sure that you’re taken care of in your time of need.
At the Kelleher Firm, our experienced workers’ compensation attorney Frank W. Piazza has worked exclusively in this field of law since he began his career. With thousands of these cases handled over the years, he will do everything he can to make sure that you’re treated fairly and that you receive the compensation and benefits you need to take care of your injuries and take care of your family.
Our firm can also help you in the event that your claim is denied and help you with the appeals process. This can often be a tricky and complicated endeavor and one that should not be handled by oneself. We can also help you with a suit if you believe that your employer or company caused an unsafe work environment which caused your injury or even a third party if they are shown to have caused the injury through negligence in some way.
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury, please call the experienced attorneys at the Kelleher Firm today at 833-546-3675 to schedule your free claim evaluation. We can help you during this difficult time and we proudly provide quality representation to those who live in Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Naples, and other nearby areas of southwest Florida.