Jacksonville Workplace Injury Attorney
Workplaces should be safe for employees, but sadly, this is not always the case. Thousands of people die in workplace accidents every year. The construction, fishing, and logging industries are the most dangerous, but the truth is that anyone can get injured at any type of job — even in an office. While most workplace injuries are minor, some are serious and even fatal. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, contact Jacksonville workplace injury attorney Charles J. Gillette to see how he can help.
Types of Workplace Injuries
A worker can suffer a variety of injuries in the workplace, including the following:
- Pulled muscles
- Broken bones
- Head and brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Carpal tunnel and other motion-related injuries
- Respiratory problems
Causes of Workplace Injuries
An employee can suffer a workplace injury for various reasons, such as:
- Slips, trips, and falls. Wet floors, wires, rugs, and uneven surfaces can cause a person to slip or trip.
- A fall from a height can cause serious injuries and even death. Construction workers face the highest risk of falling.
- Many workers push themselves to carry out their job duties. They may lift, carry, push, or pull boxes and items that are too heavy, causing torn muscles and other painful injuries.
- Repetitive motions. Office and factory workers engage in repetitive activities, causing carpal tunnel and other injuries.
What Should I Do After a Workplace Accident?
After being involved in a workplace accident, you should let your employer know by filing a report. Even if you feel fine, it’s a good idea to file a report and seek medical attention. This report will protect you should you develop symptoms days or weeks later.
If you are injured, file a workers’ compensation claim. Under Florida’s workers’ compensation program, you can receive benefits while you are unable to work. These benefits help compensate for medical bills and lost wages.
If you are denied benefits, contact a lawyer to determine your next steps. Typically, you cannot sue your employer, but there are exceptions. For example, if your employer intentionally caused your injury, was grossly negligent, or denied a valid workers’ compensation claim, then you may be able to file a lawsuit.
Your employer cannot retaliate against you, meaning that they cannot fire you, demote you, give you a pay cut, or otherwise punish you for filing a workers’ compensation claim. If they do, contact a lawyer to determine your next steps.
Contact a Jacksonville Workplace Injury Attorney Today
Work is stressful enough without having to worry about getting injured. If you were injured during the course of your work duties, it’s important that you seek legal help.
Get the compensation you deserve with help from Jacksonville workplace injury attorney Charles J. Gillette. There are options available, such as obtaining workers’ compensation benefits and filing a lawsuit against your employer. To learn more, fill out the online form or call 904-600-4758 and schedule a free consultation with Gillette Law, P.A. today.