Personal Injury Attorneys, Experienced In Job-Related Accidents In Bradenton & Sarasota
As with any type of injury or accident, do not agree to sign any settlement or speak about your concerns, injuries, or damages with anyone other than an attorney. Do not allow anyone representing the insurance company, your doctor, hospital, or emergency room to record any statement until after you talk to our team at Gallagher & Hagopian. We’re centrally located on U.S. 41 between Bradenton and Sarasota, allowing us to conveniently serve you no matter where you live in Manatee, Sarasota and surrounding counties along Florida’s West Coast.
Regardless of whether you use our services, when you are in the process of negotiating the settlement, be sure to speak with your attorney about:
If you’ve been injured at work, you’re likely to be eligible for workers comp. Florida requires employers to have workers comp insurance, but unfortunately, not all of those injured in on-the-job accidents receive the full workers compensation reimbursement they deserve. That’s why it’s so important to hire a personal injury attorney who is experienced with handling job-related accidents.
In addition to fighting for the largest possible settlement for your case, an experienced attorney can take care of the other parts of the process. This can give you time to heal.
An experienced attorney can file all the necessary paperwork you’ll need to receive reimbursement for medical care and wages, and will negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf. While hiring a lawyer is important, it’s even more important to be informed.
If you’ve been seriously hurt in a work-related accident, call 9-1-1 immediately. Then, you should call an experienced workplace accident attorney as quickly as possible.
An expert workplace accident lawyer will guide you through the entire post-accident process to increase your chance of getting the maximum possible settlement. Your attorney may advise you to:
Workers compensation, also referred to as workers comp, is a government-mandated compensation system. Workers comp provides both one-time, lump-sum and structured payments to people who have been injured on the job. All employers in Florida are currently required to provide workers compensation insurance for their employees.
Therefore, if you are injured on the job, you will often be offered a workers comp settlement by your employer’s insurance company. Don’t accept anything, however, until you’ve spoken to an experienced accident attorney. Insurance companies will generally try to negotiate an immediate settlement to avoid paying future medical expenses.
Unfortunately, workers comp settlements are not designed to compensate for pain and suffering, nor are they designed to cover lost work or reductions in working capacity. They are generally designed to compensate only for short-term medical expenses.
Sadly, accepting a settlement generally means that you will be unable to seek any damages in the future. Even if you wanted to consider accepting a workers comp settlement, unlike some states, Florida does not have a specific worker’s comp settlement chart. This means that there are no set amounts for various injury types, leaving the insurance company and the accident victim to negotiate on their own.
Insurance companies, as we’ve mentioned previously, are experts on paying the smallest settlements possible. This is a great reason why it’s ideal to have an experienced accident attorney. If you’ve been injured in an accident, your attorney can negotiate with your employer’s insurance company, giving you an upper hand in the settlement negotiations.
While there is a wide variety of accident types that can lead to serious injuries, a few types that are more common than others. These include:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2019, U.S. businesses reported 2.8 million job-related injuries. The industries and professions most likely to report injured workers include:
Since workplaces are highly diverse, so are the types of injuries that people can get while working. However, some of the most common types of workplace injuries that you may encounter include:
While most people sustain only minor injuries on the job, in some cases, a work accident can become deadly. If someone you love has died in a workplace accident, you could be eligible for significant compensation. Unfortunately, the death of a loved one can change your life forever, often leading to issues such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD, as well as a potentially significant loss of household or family income.
Wrongful deaths related to work aren’t common, but they do exist. BLS data shows that 5,333 people died due to workplace injuries in 2019 alone. Common causes of death include:
You should report it as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days or your claim may be denied.
You have the right to report the injury to their insurance company. However, if you need assistance, contact the Employee Assistance Office (EAO) at (800) 342-1741 or you may give Gallagher & Hagopian a call to discuss your rights.
Under Florida law, you are not paid for the first seven days of disability. However, if you lose time because your disability extends to over 21 days, you may be paid for the first seven days by the insurance company.
No, it is against the law to fire you because you have filed or attempted to file a workers compensation claim.
It’s your decision whether or not to hire an attorney. However, the EAO can assist you and attempt to resolve the dispute. If you are unable to resolve this, our attorneys at Gallagher & Hagopian are always available to discuss your potential case free of charge. We will review all your options with you and help you understand what may be the best path forward for your situation.