Were you or a loved one injured on the job in Tampa, FL? You may be entitled to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Let an experienced Tampa workplace accident lawyer at Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Our attorneys have more than 75 years of combined experience helping injured workers and their families recover meaningful compensation for their injuries. Our hard work has paid off. We’ve won more than $100 million in compensation to help our clients get back on their feet.
We’re ready to put that proven experience to work for you. Give our law offices a call today to schedule a free consultation at (813) 686-7588 to get started.
How Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Workplace Accident in Tampa
Getting hurt is never easy, especially when you’re injured on the job and lose your ability to earn a living. If you’re like most people, you’re probably worried about making ends meet and running through your savings.
Fortunately, you have options for recovering compensation to help you through this tough time. Most injured employees are entitled to workers’ comp. You could also be entitled to file a claim for additional damages against a third party who caused your accident.
But you’ll have to stand up and demand the fair compensation you deserve. Our experienced Tampa personal injury attorneys can help.
At Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers, our team in Tampa, Florida, has the resources to:
- Thoroughly investigate who caused your accident
- Make the insurance companies take your claim seriously
- Fight back when someone tries to blame you for getting hurt
- Negotiate with the insurance companies to recover the maximum compensation possible
Helping injured clients is all our Tampa personal injury attorneys do. If you or a loved one were hurt in an accident, don’t hesitate to call for help today. Your initial case review is always 100% free of charge.
How Common Are Workplace Accidents in Tampa?
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5,333 workers died in fatal work accidents across the U.S. in 2019. Over 300 of those fatal work accidents occurred in Florida.
In that same year, 2.8 million private industry workers suffered from workplace injuries or illnesses in the United States.
OSHA estimates that about 20% of all workplace fatalities happen in the construction industry. However, serious workplace accidents can happen in any work environment.
At Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers, we handle all types of work accident cases in Tampa, including:
- Being struck by an object
- Car accidents
- Construction accidents
- Welding accidents
- Agriculture and fishing accidents
- Injuries caused by physical strain
- And more
If you were hurt on the job, our Tampa workers’ compensation attorneys can fight to help you recover the fair compensation you deserve.
What is My Tampa Workplace Accident Case Worth?
Insurance companies often try to convince injured workers to accept less compensation than they deserve. Workers’ compensation insurance companies are no different. It’s important to know what your personal injury case is worth so that you can fight for what’s fair.
Whether you’re claiming workers’ compensation benefits, suing for damages, or both, there are a few different factors that will influence the value of your case.
- The nature and severity of your injuries
- The value of your lost wages
- Whether the accident caused a permanent disability
- Whether someone else was clearly liable for the accident
- The circumstances surrounding the accident
The insurance company will try to use these same facts to drive down the value of your claim. Our legal team can help you fight back.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Workplace Accident Victims?
Workplace accident victims in Florida have a couple of different options for recovering compensation. You typically can’t sue your employer for damages if you’re hurt on the job. Instead, most Tampa workers are eligible to claim workers’ compensation benefits–regardless of who caused the accident.
Claiming worker’s compensation doesn’t mean you forfeit the right to sue other negligent third parties. These personal injury lawsuits are called third-party claims. If someone other than your employer caused your accident, you can recover the same types of damages available in any other personal injury case.
Your damages will depend upon which options are available in your specific case.
Florida Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits provide specific benefits that are designed to help workers after an injury.
Florida workers’ comp benefits include money for:
- Reasonable medical expenses, including the cost of treatment, medications, rehab, etc.
- A portion of your lost wages
- Permanent disability
- Surviving family members if the accident was fatal
You’ll qualify for workers’ comp benefits for your workplace injury if you were hurt in the course of employment. However, workers’ compensation doesn’t always provide enough to make up for your injuries. Insurance companies can also complicate the system.
If you think your wage replacement check is low or are facing pressure to return to work before you’re ready, an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer can help.
Damages Available Through a Third-Party Claim
Injured workers are also entitled to file a lawsuit against a negligent third party.
Potentially responsible parties might include:
- Property owners
- General contractors
- The at-fault driver in a motor vehicle accident
- Product manufacturers
- Employers of negligent third parties
- Government agencies
Unlike workers’ compensation, you can recover compensation for your non-economic damages–in addition to economic damages like medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages.
Non-economic damages are also known as pain and suffering damages–and include compensation for:
- Anxiety and depression
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Loss of consortium
Injured workers are only eligible for these damages via the third-party claims process. Are you interested in exploring your rights under Florida personal injury laws? Call our law firm today to schedule a free case evaluation.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Workplace Accident in Florida?
Yes. The Florida workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system. Unless a rare exception applies, you can recover benefits even if you’re responsible for the accident.
The personal injury process operates differently. You can recover damages if you’re partly responsible–but your damages will be reduced to account for your share of fault under Florida’s comparative fault laws.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Workplace Accident Injuries
Our attorneys in Tampa represent clients suffering from painful and life-changing work-related injuries, including:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Eye injuries
- Hearing loss
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head and neck injuries
- Crush injuries
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Respiratory illnesses
- Loss of limbs
- Catastrophic injuries
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Depending on the facts of your case, you may have multiple options for recovering compensation. It’s important to consult an experienced Tampa workplace accidents attorney early in the process to make sure you’re getting everything you deserve.
At Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers, we’re here to help. Call for your free case review today.
What Causes Most Workplace Accidents in Tampa, Florida?
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most common causes of fatal workplace accidents in Florida include:
- Transportation accidents
- Slip and falls
- Exposure to harmful substances or working environments
- Violence and injuries caused by other people
Some additional factors that frequently cause workplace accidents include:
- Failure to properly train and supervise employees
- Lack of proper safety protection, including fall protection
- Failure to follow state and federal safety regulations
- Drug and alcohol use
- Unsafe work equipment
- Defective products
- Negligent security
Determining the cause of your accident is the only way to know who was responsible for your injuries. Our work accident lawyers can fight to hold every at-fault party accountable.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Workplace Accident in Florida?
You don’t have to prove negligence to claim workers’ compensation benefits. It is a no-fault system. However, in most personal injury cases, you will have to prove the third party was negligent to recover additional damages.
Proving negligence isn’t always easy.
You’ll have to prove:
- The responsible party owed you a duty of care
- The party breached that duty
- The breach caused you harm
- You suffered damages
At Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ll conduct a detailed investigation to find the proof you need to back up your claim. We’ll examine accident reports, safety records, video footage, medical records, and more. It’s possible that the responsible party might be strictly liable for damages.
Importantly, more than one party might share fault. Our lawyers have the tools to hold every responsible person accountable.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Workplace Accident in Florida?
The Florida statute of limitations gives you four years to file a personal injury lawsuit. For workers’ compensation, you only have 30 days to report your accident and injuries to your employer to preserve a workers’ compensation claim.
Contact a Tampa Workplace Accidents Lawyer for a Free Consultation
We offer free initial consultations for our potential clients across the Tampa Bay area. If you’re looking for an experienced lawyer to protect your legal rights after suffering a workplace injury, look no further. Call a skilled Tampa workplace accidents lawyer at Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers today.
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