Being injured at work is a stressful event to experience. Not only are you dealing with pain and anxiety over the injury itself, but you also have to worry about your job security and whether your employer will hold this incident against you.
In many cases, a work-related injury will be handled under Florida’s workers compensation laws, but are there times when you can file a personal injury claim for a work accident in Florida? There are some occasions when it would be appropriate for you to sue for an accident that occurred at work. Read on for more information.
The Workers Comp Law and Exceptions
Workers compensation is a system designed to protect those who’ve been injured at work or because of their work duties.
This can include more than just an injury accident. You can also file a case for workers comp if you’ve been injured in a car accident, if you’ve developed a work-related illness, or if you’re dealing with a repetitive stress injury.
So, what are the exceptions? When can you sue someone for a work-related injury? You can file an injury claim in the following scenarios:
- If you’re in a car accident and it was the fault of another driver or other party, you can sue that party for damages.
- If someone at your work, including your employer, attacks you or hurts you intentionally.
- If your employer does not have workers compensation insurance, but was supposed to, by law.
- If a third party is responsible for your injury. For instance, if a contract worker was replacing a ceiling panel and the panel fell on your head, you could sue the contracted worker (or the company) for damages.
Get in Touch with an Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Case
Hopefully we’ve answered your question: Can I file a personal injury claim for a work accident in Florida? Yes, but only in limited circumstances. If you’re still unsure whether your case will qualify you to file an injury claim, or if you need more information, simply call our office and obtain a free case review.