Jacksonville Workplace Injury Attorney
Have you suffered an injury at work? Depending on the conditions of your accident, you may be able to claim workers' compensation benefits or file a personal injury lawsuit. In either situation, it is advisable to speak with a Jacksonville workplace injury lawyer as early as possible, to learn how you can maximize the value of your claim and avoid unnecessary delays in recovering your compensation.
Come to the Law Offices of Jason K.S. Porter, P.A. for experienced guidance and dedicated legal representation during this difficult time. We understand how concerned you may be if your injuries have forced you out of work, and we are ready to begin assisting you immediately.
Contact us online or call (904) 701-0591 to schedule your initial consultation!
What to Do Following an Accident at Work
If you experienced an injury at your workplace due to your job duties, there are several steps to take so that your chances of receiving proper compensation are increased:
- First, inform your employer about the injury and see what benefits you are eligible for. There is generally a short amount of time that you are given to file an accident and receive workers compensation. Even if you feel the accident wasn't serious, report it anyways so that your employer takes new safety measures.
- Then, see your doctor for a complete medical evaluation. This will help identify any significant injury and give further proof of your claim. If necessary, go to the emergency room immediately. Second opinions are often covered under workers comp, so be sure to take advantage of this if you feel that your diagnosis was inaccurate.
- Take notes and document everything surrounding the injury. This includes all forms of communication ranging from your employer to your doctor. Be sure to follow up with your claim, as you are entitled to a copy of the workers comp filed by your employer.
- Give us a call for a consultation. We can recognize areas of opportunity that you may not. We are professionally trained to get the most out of your lawsuit.
Common Types of Workplace Injuries
Heavy lifting and slip and fall accidents account for a large percentage of workplace injuries, but not all are the result of a single traumatic incident. Many workers who develop repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome and chronic back pain fail to recognize that the condition is grounds for an injury claim.
Additional examples of injuries in the workplace include:
- Muscle strains due to improper lifting, repetition, and microtasks
- Fractures or bone breaks due to collapsing structures, falling objects, or faulty machinery
- Exposure to chemicals in a hazardous area
- Burns from fires or explosions
If you have received an injury at work under any circumstances, whether in an accident or over a long period of time, then you may be able to recover compensation.
When you have suffered workplace injuries, your accident will most likely be covered by workers' compensation. Many individuals in your position find that working with this system is difficult and frustrating, and there is a chance that your claim will be wrongly denied. You can significantly improve your chances of a successful claim by coming to Jason K.S. Porter for help.
Workers' compensation coverage is mandatory for businesses in our state with four or more employees, and it protects the employer against the liability of being sued in a personal injury lawsuit. It also guarantees that the employee will receive benefits under most circumstances without the necessity of proving that the employer's negligence was a contributing factor or cause of the injury. As long as your injury was not self-inflicted or the result of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will most likely be covered.
The major downside to this system, from the employee's perspective, is that workers' compensation benefits are significantly limited in comparison to what the worker might receive in a personal injury lawsuit. If you have been injured in a construction accident or other type of workplace incident, then your benefits will generally be calculated at roughly two-thirds of your normal wages, in addition to compensation for medical treatment, and you cannot claim punitive damages or pain and suffering.
We have extensive experience with preparing workers' compensation claims and in helping clients recover payment, and will represent you throughout the process.
Hire a Jacksonville Workers' Comp Attorney You Can Count On
Your eligibility to file a claim is not restricted to injuries which occurred in the office. Workers whose job duties require them to drive can seek compensation for a car accident and may be able to sue the other driver for negligence. If you were injured in a construction accident, we can represent you in your workers' compensation claim, as well as taking legal action against any third party whose actions may have caused or contributed to your injury.
Contact our firm for a free initial consultation about your workplace accident and how we may be able to help.
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