Palm Beach County Florida Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
We are asked all the time if an injured worker can sue their employer civilly. As workers’ compensation lawyers we tell them no. Under Florida law it is almost impossible to sue your employer for negligence.
But, as experienced work injury lawyers, we also know that there are times when a civil lawsuit may be possible when a third party is involved.
Any good work injury compensation lawyer will tell you that the other driver who hit you while you were making deliveries for work can lead to a lawsuit against the at fault driver and any other potential insurance policies.
But were you aware that if you fall off a ladder you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer, distributor or even another company that was doing work at the same location where you were injured? We need to look at the ladder, it’s date of construction, any defects, any knowledge of defects and more. But there is always the possibility of a claim if you know where to look and what questions to ask.
Like many other states, Florida’s workers’ compensation laws are written to, “assure the quick and efficient delivery of disability and medical benefits to an injured worker and to facilitate the worker’s return to gainful employment at a reasonable cost to the employer.”
However, this system is not as quick, efficient or as fair as intended. Injured workers do not receive quick or efficient care and are often left without medical treatment or income. When faced with this problem, one would think that an injured worker can sue their employer for the pain and suffering they have been forced to endure. Unfortunately, you cannot sue your employer if you get hurt at work. You are stuck with work comp.
As a workers’ compensation lawyer, it is our job to investigate, to dig and to see if there are any parties that were at fault and against whom you can recover for your lost wages, medical care and pain and suffering.
We file workers’ compensation claims with an injured worker’s workers’ compensation company. That’s what work comp injury compensation lawyers do. But we also make sure that no stone goes unturned and that injured workers are able to seek all legal options available under the law.
Contact Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt today to get a free consultation regarding your workers’ compensation case.