Miami Lawyers Advocating for Accident Victims
We all work hard at our jobs and rely on them to provide us with an income. For some, a job involves non-physical tasks, while others engage in activities that are relatively demanding on the body. Regardless of how physical your job is, there are numerous ways that you can suffer injuries in the workplace. Although the workers’ compensation system is designed to provide benefits for injured workers, there are some situations in which a workplace accident victim can bring a third-party lawsuit against another entity or person that is responsible for his or her harm. At the Acosta Law Firm, our Miami personal injury attorneys have considerable experience helping South Florida residents assert their rights in these situations.
Pursuing Workers’ Compensation Benefits for your Injuries
If an employee is hurt in the course and scope of the job, the injured worker usually can file a workers’ compensation claim through his or her employer’s insurance carrier. One of the most common examples is when someone is required to drive as part of his or her occupation. If that person is involved in a motor vehicle accident while operating a vehicle pursuant to his or her employment, the injured worker can then seek benefits through the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy. The workers’ compensation system is a “no-fault” mechanism that typically entitles an injured individual to immediate compensation for medical care and lost wages. It does not, however, provide damages for more subjective items like pain and suffering or diminished quality of life.
Bringing a Third-Party Claim after a Workplace Accident
In many situations, an injured worker may also choose to pursue a lawsuit against a third party that caused his or her harm in addition to seeking benefits through his or her employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. To prevail in this type of claim, the victim usually would need to establish that the third party acted negligently at the time of the accident and that his or her injuries were the direct result of this careless conduct.
Negligence is a well-defined standard that applies to each of us as we go about our daily business. In general, it imposes a duty of care on people and entities to act with the same ordinary care and skill that a prudent, reasonable person would use when faced with a comparable situation. If the plaintiff satisfies the elements of a negligence claim, he or she likely will be entitled to recover compensation for his or her medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning capacity, pain and suffering, emotional distress, future treatment and therapy costs, and any other economic or non-economic damages that arose from the accident.
Contact an Experienced Workplace Injury Attorney in Miami
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries while on the job, you may be able to pursue multiple forms of compensation. The Miami workplace injury lawyers at the Acosta Law Firm have helped many victims during this stressful time ensure that their rights are being asserted and that they are seeking the compensation that they deserve. Our personal injury and wrongful death attorneys proudly serve victims in many areas of South Florida, including in Coral Gables, Fort Lauderdale, Pembroke Pines, Hialeah, West Palm Beach, Kendall, Homestead, Key West, Doral, and Key Largo, as well as other cities across Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach, and Monroe Counties. Call us at 305-858-8880 or contact us online to set up a free appointment.