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If you were injured at work, and now you are worried about how you are going to afford the recovery time, call David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. as soon as you can. A work injury lawyer will partner with you to determine what happened, who is responsible, and your legal options. This situation can be frustrating. You need to work to keep a roof over your head and food on the table, and an unexpected workplace injury places your financial stability in jeopardy.

Attorney David Fuchs has over 30 years of experience representing injured workers. He will guide you in pursuing the compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Depending on the circumstances, you may have the right to file a third-party liability claim.

To schedule a free consultation of your case with a Fort Lauderdale work injury lawyer, call (954) 568-3636 or send a message via the online form.

Common Types of Workplace Accidents

Work injury attorney David Fuchs handles claims arising from a wide range of accidents, including:

Construction Accidents

Residential and commercial construction is a much-needed industry. Unfortunately, many construction employers and supervisors fail to maintain the health and safety standards lawfully required at work sites. These careless or intentional violations put workers like you and your loved ones at risk of being involved in:

  • Elevator and escalator accidents
  • Ladder accidents
  • Forklift accidents
  • Falling objects
  • Fire accidents
  • Roadway construction zone accidents
  • Roofing accidents
  • Defective safety equipment
  • Mesothelioma

After suffering injuries in a construction accident, do not hesitate to call a workplace injury lawyer to discuss your rights.

Workplace Vehicle Collisions

Many industries and positions require workers to drive. You may be a delivery or truck driver. You might have a work vehicle you drive from one location to another. Whatever the case, you could be involved in a motor vehicle crash while on the clock, and you should speak with an injury lawyer as soon as possible. Our firm handles run-of-the-mill auto accidents, as well as more serious semi-truck and 18 wheeler accidents.

Industrial Accidents

You or your relative may work in an industrial setting, such as in a manufacturing facility, factory, or warehouse. These environments come with many inherent risks, and if your employer, co-workers, and others on site are not careful, you could be hurt. Following an industrial accident that leaves you injured, call attorney David Fuchs to discuss your options.

Dangerous Equipment & Machinery Accidents

A common risk workers face stems from injuries associated with dangerous equipment and machinery. You are more likely to be hurt if you are not properly trained to use the equipment or machinery, these items are not properly maintained and repaired, and if co-workers are careless while working with these tools. Whether you are pinned and injured by a forklift or suffer an entanglement or degloving injury, call a work accident lawyer right away.

Boating & Maritime Accidents

Florida has a thriving maritime industry, including cruise ships, other tourism boating businesses, and fishing. If you work on a vessel or at a port, and you were hurt on the job, call David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. for help.

Repetitive Stress Injuries

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also refers to these as occupational musculoskeletal injuries or disorders. OSHA does not refer to them as “repetitive” injuries, because the injury you suffer from may not require a repetitive task or motion. You may develop an occupational musculoskeletal disorder through repeated tasks or one situation that requires or involves awkward posture, over-exertion, extreme temperatures, vibrations, and other risks. If you are diagnosed with a condition related to your work, contact a work injury lawyer near you for help.

Common Work-Related Injuries

David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. represents individuals suffering from all kinds of workplace injuries, including:

Work Accident Statistics

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) keeps track of workplace injury, illness, and fatalities. As of December 2018, there were 5,147 fatal work injuries in the U.S. in 2017. While this is a slight decrease from previous years, it is still far too many workers losing their lives at work. Falls and transportation accidents were the top causes of work-related fatalities. In Florida, there were 299 fatal injuries in 2017. Transportation caused most of these injuries, then falls, trips, and slips, according to the BLS.

Other causes include violence and other injuries by animals and people, unintentional overdoses due to non-medical drugs or alcohol while at work, and contact with objects and equipment, exposure to harmful substances or environments, and fires and explosions.

Unfortunately, work-related injuries and illnesses are very common. The BLS reported there were 2.8 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses in the U.S. in 2017. If you are one of the many people who gets hurt at work or develop an occupational condition, do not hesitate to call David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. to speak with a work injury lawyer.

If I Get Injured at Work, Do I Get Paid?

When you suffer an injury at work, of course your thoughts immediately turn to your wages. When you need days, weeks, or months off to recover, you may be afraid of how you will pay your bills without getting paid. However, whether or not you get paid during your recovery depends on the circumstances. You should speak with a work injury lawyer right away about this.

If you are covered by workers’ comp insurance and can file a workers’ comp claim, then you may receive wage benefits. You may receive a portion of your average weekly wages while you recover.

Workers’ Compensation History in Florida

  • 1930s: In the early 1930s, Florida created a statewide campaign to attract business owners to migrate their enterprises to the state. Marketing campaigns boasted a more lucrative, liberal, and innovative economic environment.
  • New businesses migrating, a new “workmen’s” compensation plan was needed. Prospective employers would understand their susceptibility to lawsuits and more and more workers were in need of protection.
  • 1935: A new Florida Industrial Commission is put in place. This commission was comprised of a total of three members. The governor appointed two members and the other was the “chairman” and served a four-year term.
  • The first year of the Commission, almost 11,000 workmen’s compensation cases were reported. Of the cases that settled, almost $300,000 in benefits were paid out.
  • 1937: The commission handled About 40,000 cases, providing benefits of more than $950,000.00 to injured employees for damages that included income compensation and medical treatment.
  • 1978: The “fixed benefit” system underwent a drastic change to the “wage loss concept.”
  • 1988: Another major effort to clean up the workers’ compensation effort took place to lessen the amount of fraud occurring within the system.

Current Climate of Florida Workers’ Compensation

  • Injured workplace accident workers receive income and supplemental benefits.
  • New programs such as managed health care arrangements (MCAs) and the Employee’s Assistance Office (EAO) were introduced to help prevent litigation.
  • The Division of Workers’ Compensation continues to organize, update, inform, and educate through many various sources.

If you or someone you know is injured on the job or while performing a work-related activity, contact Fort Lauderdale personal injury lawyer David I. Fuchs. He will represent you for injuries that include, but are not limited to:

  1. Injuries requiring surgery, sutures, staples
  2. Traumatic brain injury, including those caused by oxygen deprivation
  3. Severe burns resulting in significant and permanent scarring
  4. Mental anguish and emotional distress, death
  5. Those injuries caused by a party or parties that are drunk, impaired or otherwise under the influence of narcotics or drugs

If you are not covered by workers’ comp, then you need to speak with an attorney about other options. You may only be able to receive pay if you use sick days or paid time off. If you have the right to sue your employer, which is rare, or you can file a lawsuit against a third-party, then you can seek compensation for your lost wages.

I Was Injured at Work, Can I Sue?

Whether or not you can sue after being hurt at work depends on your circumstances and workers’ compensation coverage. You should call David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A. to speak with a work-related injury lawyer as soon as possible.

When workers’ compensation insurance covers you, then you typically cannot sue your employer. That is the tradeoff of workers’ comp. You receive wage and medical benefits through the insurance, and in exchange, you cannot sue your employer for additional compensation.

That being said, there are situations in which you can sue an employer after a workplace accident. This usually occurs when your employer fails to provide workers’ comp insurance as required by law, or they wrongly deny your workers’ comp claim.

However, if your attorney investigates the accident and finds a third-party is liable, then you can file a lawsuit against that individual or business.

Who is Liable for Your Workplace Injury?

Whether you hurt your back at work, were involved in a work vehicle crash, or were a victim of workplace violence, you should speak with an attorney about your options. You may have the right to pursue benefits through a workers’ compensation insurance claim. This is possible if your employer provides workers’ comp coverage, and your injury arose from your work duties. However, you also may have the right to file an additional third-party liability claim, which could provide additional compensation.

To determine if you have a third-party liability claim, you should speak with an experienced work injury lawyer. By hiring an attorney, you have someone to conduct a thorough investigation as to why you were injured at work. A lawyer will uncover evidence as to what went wrong, and who was directly responsible. Then, in addition to analyzing fault, your lawyer will look at liability.

After a workplace accident, the party directly at-fault may not be the same party liable for compensating you for your injuries. This is particularly true when the responsible party is likely employed by a company. Businesses are typically liable for the actions of their on-duty employees.

If your attorney discovers that someone outside of your employer caused your injuries, then you may have a third-party claim. You may have the right to file a lawsuit against that individual or their employer and pursue additional work injury compensation.

Compensation for Being Injured on the Job

It is important to talk with an injury lawyer about the compensation you might receive after getting hurt at work. The compensation available through a Florida workers’ compensation claim differs from the compensation available through a third-party injury claim.

A workers’ comp claim is a claim against an insurance policy. It usually covers your medical expenses and some lost wages. A third-party liability claim is a personal injury lawsuit through which you can pursue compensation for your:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages
  • Physical pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Disability
  • Reduced earning potential
  • Loss of normal life

By bringing a third-party liability claim after a workplace accident, you can more fully recover for the financial, physical, and emotional costs of your injuries.

Contact a Fort Lauderdale Work Injury Lawyer Today

If you were injured at work, call the David I. Fuchs, Injury & Accident Lawyer, P.A.. By speaking with an experienced workplace accident lawyer, you have someone who can guide you through the personal injury process. You may or may not have a workers’ comp claim or third-party liability claim. Also, by working with an attorney, you have someone who will protect your rights and ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your claim.

To learn more about your rights and options after sustaining a work-related injury, call (954) 568-3636 today, or reach out via the online form to schedule a free case consultation.

If you cannot come to the Fort Lauderdale office, accident attorney David I. Fuchs will send a representative to see you. His staff speaks English and Spanish. Se habla Inglés y Español.

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