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When injured on the job, navigating the Florida workers’ compensation law can be complex. It becomes even more so if making a claim against a third-party whose negligence caused your injuries. While Florida law states that you cannot sue your employer once you file a workers’ compensation claim, you may sue another party whose negligence caused the accident in which you suffered injuries. At the law firm of Lindell & Farson, P.A., we have years of experience handling third-party claims in the workplace. Put our expertise at work for you.
Many third-party claims involve work-related motor vehicle accidents. Examples include truck drivers, delivery drivers, salespeople driving to meet clients, and home health workers who drive to patients’ houses. In these instances, you can not only make a workers’ compensation claim, but you can also bring a lawsuit against the driver responsible for your accident to collect compensation for injuries, lost wages, unpaid medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost enjoyment of life.
Slip and Fall Accidents
While working within the scope of your employment, if you are injured on someone else’ property you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the property owner for injuries, lost wages, unpaid medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost enjoyment of life. Falls often occur from slipping or falling on stairs, in parking lots, or in restrooms or other common areas with wet floors. So long as the property is not owned by your employer, you can make a third-party claim for your damages.
These third-party claims usually stem from injuries sustained while on a construction site. If you are injured on a construction site while working for a job’s subcontractor, you may be able to make a third-party claim against the general contractor. Such injuries typically arise when safety violations or other labor law violations occur, allowing you to pursue a third-party claim for injuries, lost wages, unpaid medical bills, pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, and other damages not covered by Florida’s workers’ compensation law.
If you think you may have reason to pursue a third-party claim, schedule a consultation with our Jacksonville personal injury lawyers of Lindell & Farson, P.A, today. We are ready to assist you and your family in your time of need.