Have you been injured in a workplace accident in West Palm Beach, FL? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The reputable West Palm Beach workplace accident lawyers at Hollander Law Firm Accident Injury Lawyers will help you fight to get the money you deserve.
We’ve recovered millions of dollars for our clients over the past 28+ years. We work tirelessly to fight for the rights of injured workers to help them get the compensation they need after an accident.
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How Our West Palm Beach Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Workplace Accident
At Hollander Law Firm, our legal team has more than 28 years of experience. We’ve recovered millions of dollars for clients in South Florida, including several awards over $1 Million.
When you hire us, you can expect us to:
- Thoroughly investigate your workplace accident
- Interview witnesses and gather relevant information
- Coordinate with experts to provide information and testify about your injuries
- Explore all options for recovery if workers’ compensation doesn’t cover your damages
- Handle all negotiations with your employer, their insurance company, and other third parties
- Have our top-rated trial attorney bring your case to court, if necessary.
Don’t try to handle this on your own. Call our West Palm Beach injury lawyers today for a free consultation.
How Common Are Workplace Accidents in West Palm Beach, FL?
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that fatal workplace injuries nationwide were up by 2% in 2019 over the previous year. With 5,333 fatalities in 2019, more people died from injuries on the job than any year in more than a decade.
In Florida, 306 people lost their lives in jobsite accidents in 2019. The private construction industry–the job category with the highest number of fatalities–claimed 91 lives. In 2020, there were 4,513 workers’ compensation claims filed in Palm Beach County.
Should I Hire a Lawyer After a Workplace Accident in South Florida?
However, there may be circumstances when filing an injury case might be necessary in order to get the full compensation you deserve. Or, your workers’ compensation claim might be delayed or denied, and you might need help from a lawyer to navigate the process. We highly recommend consulting a personal injury attorney who understands workers’ compensation law.
What is My Workplace Accident Case Worth?
If your injury is covered by workers’ compensation, then you’ll receive coverage for medical treatment and roughly 2/3 of your wages as calculated in the 13-week period prior to your injury.
If you file a lawsuit to recover damages not covered by workers’ compensation, then valuing your case becomes much more difficult. It’s really impossible to estimate how much your case might be worth without knowing the specifics of your situation. Consult a West Palm Beach personal injury attorney for a full case evaluation.
Things that affect your potential award are:
- Whether your injury is temporary or permanent
- How much time off work you missed due to your injury
- Whether other people depend on your income
- The severity of your injury
- Whether you are able to return to the same job
Higher awards are generally obtained for catastrophic injuries and death. A West Palm Beach workplace injury attorney can give you a better idea of what your case might be worth. Call Hollander Law Firm today for a no-risk, free case evaluation.
What Kind of Damages Are Available to Workplace Accident Victims?
If your situation does require filing a personal injury claim in order to be fully compensated for your work injuries, then you could seek damages just like in any other personal injury lawsuit.
These damages are generally in two categories: (1) economic, and (2) non-economic.
Economic damages compensate you for financial losses related to your injuries, such as:
- Medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Property damage
- Vocational rehabilitation costs
These are generally costs for tangible expenses or services directly related to your injury.
Non-economic damages include things like:
Non-economic damages are more subjective. They don’t have a specific price, but they’re things that greatly affect your quality of life. You deserve to be compensated for them.
Being injured at work can be devastating. The road to recovery can be long and confusing. Let the experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys help. Call us today to learn more.
Can I Recover Compensation If I’m Being Blamed For a Workplace Accident in Florida?
As long as you aren’t completely responsible for your own injuries, then you should still be able to recover compensation for your worksite injury. Keep in mind that if your injury is covered by workers’ compensation, that’s your only source of recovery. You won’t be able to sue your employer or co-workers.
If, however, there is an exception to workers’ compensation coverage or there is a third party responsible for your injuries, then you might be able to file a lawsuit to recover damages. In that case, Florida’s comparative fault laws hold parties proportionally responsible for damages.
Worker’s compensation and your share of responsibility aren’t the only things you have to worry about. Florida’s insurance laws might come into play as well if there was a vehicle involved in your accident. If so, you will have to navigate the “no-fault” rules in Florida.
Florida drivers are required to purchase “PIP” insurance – or Personal Injury Protection coverage. After a car accident, you’ll be required to turn to your own provider for benefits first. If your damages exceed your policy limits or if the provider just won’t pay, you might be able to file a lawsuit or submit a claim with the at-fault party’s insurance provider.
Workplace incidents can be complicated, especially when they involve multiple possible liable parties. Contact a knowledgeable West Palm Beach personal injury attorney to evaluate your case. Your first consultation is always free, so call today.
Representing All Injured Workers in Palm Beach County
Getting hurt in your place of employment can be extremely stressful. Jobsite injuries can come from serious accidents in a dangerous profession, or they can occur in any office on a typical workday.
Workplace incidents can include:
- Construction accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Equipment failures
- Welding accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Truck accidents
- And more
Places of employment have many hidden dangers. Even if you’re not in a profession typically thought of as high-risk, you could still suffer a debilitating injury at your place of work.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation For All of Your Workplace Injuries
Workplace injuries or illnesses can include:
- Back injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Lung damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries
The consequences of an occupational injury can be tragic. The skilled personal injury lawyers at Hollander Law Firm will work hard to help you get the money you need. Call our West Palm Beach law office today.
What Causes Most Workplace Accidents in West Palm Beach, FL?
Sometimes accidents just happen. But, injuries in the workplace are often caused by negligence. Places of employment–especially more dangerous jobs–are highly regulated for a reason.
If you’re injured at work, it could be the result of:
- Violation of OSHA rules
- Failure to train employees
- Failure to supervise employees
- Trip or fall hazards
- Defective equipment
- Working with toxic materials
If you’ve been injured at work, you could benefit from talking with an experienced personal injury attorney at Hollander Law Firm. We can help you follow through with your workers’ compensation claim. Or, we can determine if anyone else should be held responsible for your injuries. Contact us today to discuss your case.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Workplace Accident in Florida?
If you end up filing a personal injury lawsuit, it’s likely that your claim will be based on a theory of third-party negligence. Negligence is when someone causes injury because they failed to act in a way that a reasonable person would act in similar circumstances. If you’re at this stage, it’s probably because someone other than your employer was at least partly responsible for your injuries.
To prove negligence, you must prove four elements:
- Duty: the defendant owed you a duty of care to act in a way that would not cause you harm
- Breach: the defendant breached that duty
- Causation: the defendant’s breach of duty caused the accident that injured you
- Damages: you incurred damages as a result
Our personal injury attorneys at Hollander Law Firm have a proven track record of success in getting clients the money they need after a jobsite accident. Call our West Palm Beach office today for a free consultation.
Who is Responsible for My Jobsite Accident in Florida?
If you’re able to file a lawsuit to recover damages for your worksite accident, then there will probably be someone other than your employer on the hook for your injuries.
The possibilities for who might be liable for your injuries in a West Palm Beach workplace incident are:
- Trucking companies delivering or unloading products
- Property owners
- Manufacturers of equipment
- Companies responsible for maintaining equipment
Apportionment of liability can be complex. Missing a key component could mean that you miss out on well-deserved compensation. Consult one of the highly accomplished personal injury lawyers at Hollander Law Firm to discuss your case today. Your first call is always free.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Worksite Accident in FL?
Remember, you are probably looking at a worker’s compensation claim after an incident at work. In Florida, you must report your injuries to your employer within 30 days.
If your circumstances do warrant filing a personal injury lawsuit, you must file within four years of your injury. You must file wrongful death cases within two years. If you’ve been injured, it’s best to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible to evaluate the merits of your case. The longer you wait, the more difficult it becomes to prove your case.
These deadlines are important, and you could lose your right to any compensation if you miss them. Contact our West Palm Beach workplace accident lawyers today for a free consultation.
Contact Our West Palm Beach Workplace Accident Lawyers For a Free Consultation
Hollander Law Firm wants to help you make the most of a difficult situation. They’ll go above and beyond to help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Your first consultation is always free, so call our West Palm Beach workplace accident lawyers today.