Tampa Work Injury Lawyer
When you suffer an on-the-job injury, the person or persons who harmed you should pay. A qualified work injury attorney in Tampa can help you build your case.
If you have been injured at work in Tampa, you may be entitled to workers compensation benefits through your employer. Sadly, even if you are approved, the benefits you’ll receive may not be enough to cover the full impact of your losses. A Tampa work injury lawyer can help you determine who is to blame for the cause of your injuries so they can be compelled to compensate you for your losses.
At Anderson & Anderson, we have seen countless work injury victims struggle with not only their recovery but keeping their families afloat while they are unable to work. For this reason, we are fully prepared to do whatever is possible to secure the settlement you need to be able to provide for your family and not be held back by a mountain of debt you aren’t responsible for causing.
Workers Comp and Work-Related Injuries
If your employer has more than four employees, they have more than likely been ordered to carry workers compensation coverage that extends to injured employees without regard to fault. This provides wage replacement benefits, coverage of your medical expenses, and several other benefits to those who have dealt with a work-related injury.
While being approved for workers compensation benefits is certainly favorable, the fact is, you have probably suffered more than these benefits will allow you to be compensated for. As such, you may be entitled to bring a claim against whoever is found to be at fault for the cause of the injuries you sustained in your work accident so you can be awarded the full settlement you deserve.
Can I Sue for a Work Injury?
Even the safest work environments have the occasional accident. A slippery floor, a malfunctioning machine, or other hazards can happen with little notice. Now, you’re hurt, but who’s going to pay for your work injury?
Suing for a work injury may be an option for you, but if you’re not sure where to begin, we can help. The lawyers at Anderson & Anderson have the resources you need to determine whether you’re eligible for a lawsuit. When you’re hurt in a work accident, get help understanding your situation and your options for recovery.
Workers Comp vs. Personal Injury
When you’re hurt on the job, workers compensation benefits are supposed to cover you, right? That means you can spend less time in a Florida courtroom and more time making a paycheck.
But workers comp won’t cover every work accident. So when can you sue?
Generally, there are a few situations when you may have grounds for a lawsuit after a work injury:
- You were intentionally harmed.
- Your employer was breaking the law.
- You were injured by a third party or defective product.
- Your employer doesn’t have workers comp insurance.
- Your claim was denied in bad faith.
If you believe any of these situations applies to your claim, talk to your lawyer. They can help you determine whether you’re eligible to sue, and they can help you take the first steps toward compensation.
Compensation Due After a Work Accident
Now you may be sure you have grounds for a work injury lawsuit, but how much is your claim worth? If you don’t know, it can hurt your future. It’s easy to accept less than what your claim is really worth. Without your complete compensation, it can be difficult to recover, but you may need a lawyer’s help to get the full compensation you’re due.
First, your economic damages should cover all the costs of your recovery. Any financial concerns you may have, from medical bills to lost working hours, should be added to your damages.
You may also be due compensation for your emotional and mental suffering, also called non-economic damages. These damages may be intangible, but they can still hurt your future. For example, chronic pain caused by your injuries can impact your quality of life. Talk to your lawyer when you’re ready to get an accurate snapshot of your claim’s value.
Kinds of Losses You Could Be Awarded
If you are approved for workers compensation benefits, a portion of your lost wages will be a part of these benefits. However, you can still seek repayment for the percentage of lost income that your work comp benefits do not cover. In addition, you may also be able to recover compensation for losses that might include:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Property damage
- Loss of companionship and love
- Emotional distress
- Damage to your earning capacity
- Disfigurement or scarring
In some cases, you could even be awarded punitive damages if the courts find that the actions of your colleague, employer, supervisor, or other culpable party were egregious or intending to cause you harm. Think of it as the court’s way of saying “We’re not going to accept this behavior here in Tampa.”
Meet with a Work Injury Lawyer in Tampa
When you don’t want to rock the boat at work but know that the liable party should cover your losses, consult with a highly trained Tampa work injury lawyer at Anderson & Anderson. We offer those dealing with work-related injuries free case evaluations where we can learn more about how your accident happened and the ways your life has been impacted.
At Anderson & Anderson, we know that work injuries can get complex fast, when all you want is the funds for your recovery. Your work injury lawyer can help. We can talk your claim over during a free consultation so you know what tools we can use and what we can do for your claim. Get started by calling 813-251-0072, or you can reach out through the free online contact form below.