Tampa Workplace Injury Lawyer
Job-related illness or injuries can strike anyone at any time in any industry. Florida has a system of no-fault insurance benefits which provides victims with the money they need to recover and get back to work if at all possible. These benefits usually include money for both lost wages and medical expenses. Many, if not most, of these cases settle out of court.
At Barbas Nuñez Sanders Butler & Hovsepian, our Tampa workplace injury lawyers work hard to resolve these cases as quickly as possible. We understand that your family has economic needs and so we begin fighting for fair compensation from day one. At the same time, we have enough experience to place an accurate economic value on your specific case. So, we never settle your claim for less than it’s worth and leave you holding the bag. Our simple commitment to you is our best effort every day.
Kinds of Trauma Injuries in Tampa
When it comes to trauma injuries, unintentional falls are at or near the top of most job injury categories, such as days missed from work, number of injuries, and economic impact. Other injuries, such as electrocutions, being hit by a falling object, or being caught in-between two moving objects, are common as well. In certain industries, motor vehicle collisions are also quite prevalent. All these kinds of incidents cause injuries like:
- Broken Bones: In a serious fall or other injury, bones may be crushed as opposed to simply broken. As a result, doctors must use extreme measures, such as metal screws, to set the bone. These victims must also often endure months of painful physical therapy to regain lost function.
- Head Injuries: Falls often cause head injuries as well. Since the head has only a thin layer of bone for protection, these injuries are usually quite serious and may result in tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills. Moreover, while it is possible to lessen the symptoms, head injuries themselves are always permanent.
- Exsanguination: Blood loss is a serious problem in many remote work injuries. If it takes emergency responders more than a few minutes to arrive, many victims may already be on the verge of hypovolemic shock.
Generally, full workers’ compensation benefits are available even if the victim had a pre-existing injury or other condition which contributed to the overall injury.
Types of Occupational Diseases in Florida
An occupational disease is a condition that occurs over the course of more than one work shift. Some common types of occupational diseases include:
- Hearing Loss: Prolonged exposure to noises no louder than a chamber orchestra in a mid-sized concert hall can cause permanent hearing loss. Sudden, very loud noises may have the same effect. Largely for these reasons, hearing loss is one of the leading occupational diseases in Tampa.
- Respiratory Problems: Toxic fumes cause many long-term breathing problems. Toxic substances, like asbestos, may have a similar effect.
- Repetitive Stress Disorder: People who bend, stoop, or kneel over and over often eventually develop back, knee, or other joint problems. The same thing may happen to office workers who spend long hours typing every day.
Occupational disease claims often run into problems in the initial reporting phase. Most people do not run to their doctors when they feel a twinge of discomfort in their backs. Yet the insurance company may claim that an employee had a duty to do just that. Fortunately, the discovery rule protects victims in these cases. Generally, no duty to report the claim arises until the victim knows the full extent of the injury and connects them to his or her employment.
Contact Aggressive Tampa Workplace Injury Lawyers
Workplace injuries come in many forms. For a free consultation with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Tampa, contact Barbas Nuñez Sanders Butler & Hovsepian. We have offices in Sarasota, Land O’ Lakes, St. Petersburg, and Tampa.