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Choosing a Workers' Compensation Lawyer in West Palm Beach

February 24, 202410 min read

Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis, The Experienced Workplace Accident Injury Lawyers in Florida

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There is always a risk of injury at work regardless of the type of job you have. Of course, some jobs are prone to more accidents than others, like jobs where you have to operate heavy equipment, construction jobs like roofing, drywall etc. Indoor jobs like warehouse and manufacturing plants. And outdoor jobs like landscaping, plumbing, HVAC etc. All injuries even minor injuries can become significant if left untreated while major injuries may take time to fully heal, if ever. For people injured on the job or while at work, federal and state governments offer protection. Workers’ compensation laws are just part of these protection efforts. Sometimes filing an injury claim is the only way to get the medical treatment and compensation you deserve.

At Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis our workplace accident injury lawyers will guide you through the legal process. We take the time to learn all about the accident, injuries, and the impact of the injuries on quality of life. We take the all facts and circumstances into consideration when determining all your legal rights and options. Contact us today at 561-471-2800 to schedule a Free Consultation and to learn more about how you can obtain optimal protection for an injury you suffered while working.

What are some common types of personal injury cases that the firm handles, such as car accidents, truck accidents, and slip-and-fall injuries?

The firm handles a variety of personal injury cases, including but not limited to:

- Car Accidents: involving scenarios such as car vs. truck accidents, drunk driving accidents, excessive speed accidents, head-on collision accidents, highway accidents, hit & run accidents, accidents involving uninsured drivers, intersection collisions, Lyft accidents, multi-vehicle crashes, rear-end accidents, rollover accidents, side-impact collisions (T-bone accidents), and Uber accidents.

- Truck Accidents: including delivery truck accidents, and information on parties who could be responsible for injuries in truck accidents. - Motorcycle Accidents: providing guidance on actions to be taken post-motorcycle accidents, particularly focusing on back injuries, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents, and slip-and-fall injuries.

- Slip-and-Fall Injuries: the firm assists those who have been affected by slip-and-fall accidents, outlining appropriate steps to take after such incidents, including specific attention to slip-and-fall cases in grocery stores.

What other types of legal services does the firm offer in other areas of law such as family law, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and social security disability.

In various areas such as family law, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse, and social security disability, there are a range of legal services available to address specific needs. These services encompass a diverse range of legal matters, including representation in family law cases such as divorce, child custody, and adoption. For medical malpractice cases, legal services may involve investigating and pursuing claims against healthcare providers for negligence or malpractice. In instances of nursing home abuse, legal services may entail advocating for the rights of the elderly and seeking compensation for harm caused by mistreatment or neglect in nursing homes. Additionally, in social security disability cases, legal services may assist individuals in navigating the complex process of applying for and appealing disability benefits through the Social Security Administration.

Workplace Accidents in Florida

Workplace accidents involve unexpected incidents that result in an employee sustaining an injury or illness in the course of performing their job. 

Compensation for workplace accidents is typically covered by state-mandated workers’ compensation insurance. Any business with 4 or more employees is mandated to carry workers’ compensation insurance in Florida.  

There are some scenarios that fall outside the scope of workers’ compensation laws. These include accidents that occur when an employee is:

  • Traveling to and from work

  • On a break outside of the workplace 

  • Under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work

  • Play fighting at work

  • At a work social event after hours

Whether workers’ compensation is available depends on the specific facts of a case, and there are always exceptions to the above exclusions that is why an experienced workers’ compensation law firm like Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis is your advocate for work related injuries.  If you’ve been injured during the course of your work, you should speak to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in our firm. We have seen clients from all over Palm Beach County and the cities of Lake Worth, Wellington, Greenacres, Lantana, Boynton Beach, Palm Springs, West Palm Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton. If you have been injured at work, call Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis at  561-471-2800 to find out if you are eligible for workers’ compensation. 

Common Workplace Accidents in the cities of Lake Worth, Greenacres, Lantana, Boynton Beach, Palm Springs, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Delray Beach and Boca Raton

Common workplace accidents include:

  • Falls, trips, or slips

  • Vehicle-related accidents

  • Machinery-related accidents

  • Falling objects

  • Explosions or fire

  • Electric shocks or electrocution

  • Exposure to hazardous materials

  • Overexertion

  • Repetitive stress 

  • Warehouse Injuries

  • Falling from a roof

  • Hit by a vehicle

The injuries caused by these common workplace accidents can range from temporary, minor ailments to severe, long-term conditions. 

Common Workplace Injuries in the cities of Lake Worth, Greenacres, Lantana, Boynton Beach, Palm Springs, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Delray Beach and Boca Raton

Examples of common workplace injuries include:

  • Sprains/Strains

  • Broken bones or fractures

  • Head, neck, and back injuries

  • Crushed limbs

  • Burns

  • Cuts

  • Carpal tunnel syndrome and other repetitive stress injuries

  • Concussions

  • Loss of limb or digits

If you sustain any of these as a result of a workplace injury, you should consider seeking compensation via either workers’ compensation or a personal injury lawsuit. The lawyers at Vassallo, Bilotta and Davis are experience in all types of accidents.

Occupations with the Most Job-Related Injuries and Illnesses

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) keeps track of employer-related workplace injuries and illnesses. Below is a list of occupations that routinely have high rates of workplace injuries.

  • Nursing assistants

  • Heavy truck and tractor-trailer truck drivers

  • Laborers and freight, stock, and material movers

  • Light truck drivers 

  • Construction laborers

  • Maintenance and repair workers

  • Stockers and order fillers

  • Janitors and cleaners

  • Registered nurses

  • Retail salespersons

In most instances, when you are injured while working in any of these occupations or any other, workers’ compensation offers protection, but sometimes, as mentioned, a personal injury lawsuit may be the better legal option in certain situations.

Should You File a Workers’ Comp Claim or Personal Injury Lawsuit in Florida?

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance taken out by an employer that compensates employees for injuries and illness within the course and scope of their employment. Here in Florida employers with 4 or more full time employees are required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance, it doesn’t matter who is at fault as long as the injury occurred as a result of a workplace accident (as defined by the specific policy). 

By comparison, a plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit must prove negligence on behalf of the defendant to succeed. While harder to establish, a personal injury lawsuit allows a plaintiff to seek full compensation. 

The benefits available via workers’ compensation, on the other hand, are limited. Importantly, you can’t recover damages for pain and suffering via workers’ compensation. 

Workers’ Compensation Claim vs Personal Injury Lawsuit

It is often clear when you should file a workers’ compensation claim versus a personal injury lawsuit, but other times, the circumstances are such that it is not so clear. Here are some suggestions.  

When to File a Workers’ Compensation Claim

If an employer has workers’ compensation, employees generally don’t have the right to sue their employer directly. They can only make a claim via workers’ compensation. 

When to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit

There can be exceptions to this, such as where an employer’s intentional act caused an injury. If an employer isn’t subject to mandatory workers’ comp (or doesn’t have it but is required to have it), then you can file a personal injury lawsuit. 

When to File Both Claims

There are also situations where you may consider filing both a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury lawsuit. This is a huge reason why you need an experience law firm like Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis.  This can happen when a person has a compensable work injury and is covered by workers' compensation insurance. But the injury, though it happened at work, was caused by a third party (e.g., a contractor who is not employed by the injured party’s employer). The injured employee can sue the third party in a personal injury lawsuit. When this option is available, the injured party may be able to recover a fairer or more just compensation package from the personal injury claim.

What Compensation Can I Receive for a Workplace Injury in Florida?

The compensation available to you for a workplace injury depends on whether you file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit. As you will see, what you can recover under a workers’ compensation claim is less than what you could receive under a personal injury claim, that’s why it is critical to know what is the best legal option in your specific situation. This is why an experienced workers compensation law firm like Vassallo, Bilotta and Davis can help you make the correct decision.

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ compensation focuses on income protection and typically covers:

  • Lost income

  • Medical bills

  • Temporary and permanent disability benefits

  • Vocational rehabilitation

You can recover the costs of your economic expenses but will not recover for the toll it takes on your quality of life.

Personal Injury Lawsuit

Compensation available through a personal injury suit is usually higher, as it includes damages for pain and suffering, which can be substantial. Punitive damages may also be available to you in a personal injury case.

However, the circumstances of your case may prevent you from filing a personal injury lawsuit. On the other hand, when you are able to file a personal injury lawsuit, you need to prove negligence on the part of the defendant before damages will be ordered. Again our firm is experienced in personal injury and workers’ compensation laws.

What Should You Do After a Workplace Injury in Florida? 

What to do after a workplace injury in Florida depends on the circumstances, but generally, you should:

  1. Report the accident and/or injury or illness immediately to a supervisor – reporting it in writing is preferable so that you can start a paper trail.

  2. If the injury or illness requires it, you should seek medical attention immediately – even when the injury is minor, seeking medical care is important because it continues the documentation process of the accident that you may need when you file a claim to recover compensation. Remember that documentation is key to any case.

  3. Follow any doctor’s orders or medical care plan – if you do not, then this creates vulnerabilities and may result in a denial of a claim. If the doctor tells you to stay out of work, then notify your employer immediately.

  4. Collect evidence, like names of eye witnesses, statements, pictures, video, etc. – in fact, if the circumstances allow it, take your own pictures of the scene of the accident, the injuries you sustained, and any other details that may be important.

  5. Contact Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis as soon as possible – you may not think you need a personal injury or workers’ comp attorney, but it never hurts to speak to one, especially when there are statutes of limitations limiting the time you have to file a claim.

Contact Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis in the cities of Lake Worth, Greenacres, Lantana, Boynton Beach, Palm Springs, West Palm Beach, Wellington, Delray Beach and Boca Raton Today 

Contact Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis as soon as possible after an injury, you may not think you need a personal injury or workers' comp attorney, but it never hurts to speak to one, especially when there are statutes of limitations limiting the time you have to file a claim. To ensure that you receive comprehensive assistance in navigating the complexities of the workers' compensation insurance claim process, our dedicated team at Vassallo, Bilotta & Davis offers a range of services tailored to your needs. Our experienced workplace injury attorneys will help you understand workers' compensation benefits, guide you through filing a workers' compensation claim, and assist you in submitting wage and hour claims. To secure the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones after any workplace accident, it is vital to pursue the most suitable legal option. Contact us today either by filling out the online form, chat widget, or calling us at 561-471-2800 to schedule a Free Consultation Today.

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