A worker who is injured on the job may file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, which pays all reasonably, causally-related medical expenses and a reduced wage during the period of disability. The employee does not have to prove negligence or fault on the part of the employer. Also, the employer, for the most part, cannot refuse to pay benefits by claiming that the worker was somehow negligent or responsible for the accident or injury. Yet there are still many ways a company or its workers’ compensation insurance company will try to evade payment of benefits. There are also situations in which a third party may also be liable to the injured worker. Whether pursuing a civil claim for negligence against a third party in court or benefits from Florida workers’ compensation, the attorneys at Celeste Law Firm provide complete, comprehensive assistance to help the injured employee recover the maximum in benefits available under the law.
Third-Party Liability for Workplace Accidents
If an accident occurs at work and the employer employs at least four employees, or two employees in cases involving a construction company, the employer’s carrier must provide benefits even if the worker falls over his/her own two feet, or is injured by a co-worker or by some third party. While it is not necessary to prove fault in order to receive workers’ compensation benefits, pursuing a civil claim against a third party does require that the injured worker prove every element of a negligence claim against the third party. Third party liability in the workplace can arise in many ways, such as:
- An employee traveling between work sites, picking up supplies or making deliveries is injured in an automobile accident.
- An employer working off-site on another party’s property slips and falls or is otherwise injured on that third party’s dangerous or unsafe premises.
- A worker is injured by a defective power tool, machinery or other product which was designed or manufactured defectively.
Comprehensive Assistance in Florida Workplace Accidents
The attorneys at Celeste Law Firm are experienced in the full range of civil negligence claims for personal injury, as well as Florida workers’ compensation law. Our lawyers take the time to thoroughly investigate the accident and explore every avenue for recovery. An injury on the job that prevents you from working at your full capacity can create a challenging time for you and your family. Let us help you get through this difficult time and get the medical care and compensation you need and deserve. Call Celeste Law Firm in West Palm Beach and other parts of South Florida at 561-478-2447 and speak to our West Palm Beach workplace accident attorneys for a free consultation, and get started on the road to recovery today.