Is Workers’ Compensation My Only Recourse after Being Injured on the Job?

Miami & Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

When you file a workers’ compensation claim, you waive your right to seek damages in a personal injury lawsuit against your employer. Workers’ compensation is an alternative to litigation, but not your only option.
If your injury was caused by an action of your employer who acted with the intent to harm you, and not from common workplace dangers, you may have cause to file suit against them. In addition, you may be able to seek compensation from other sources. If your injury was due to the negligence of another contractor at the same jobsite, you can sue them, as well as the general contractor. If your injury was due to a defective product, you may also be able to get compensation through product liability lawsuit.
The benefit of filing a workers’ compensation claim is that it is a no-fault system. This means that even if you were partially to blame for your injures, you can still collect compensation. This makes compensation available now.  By contrast, the process of proving negligence and seeking damages in a personal injury lawsuit can take years. During this time, your lost wages and medical bills will continue to compound, and a win is never guaranteed.
When you come to our office for your initial consultation, one of our workers’ compensation attorneys will help you determine what course of action will best meet your needs.
If you live in or around Miami, Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm, or Ft. Myer, Florida and have been injured on the job, please contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at The Cochran Firm South Florida for assistance in determining your best course of action today.