Have you been injured in a workplace accident in Fort Walton Beach, Florida? If so, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. You deserve the top-rated Fort Walton Beach workplace accidents lawyers at Brannon & Brannon fighting for you.
For more than 30 years, workers in Northwest Florida have relied on us to fight for their right to compensation after being hurt on the job. These cases are complex because of the potential for workers’ compensation claims. We have the knowledge, experience, and training you can trust.
How Brannon & Brannon Can Help After a Workplace Accident
After a job site accident, you need time to recover. You don’t need to be fighting with your employer to pay your claim. Or figuring out what to do if another party is responsible for your injuries that workers’ compensation doesn’t cover.
When you hire a Fort Walton Beach personal injury lawyer at Brannon & Brannon, we’ll:
- Conduct a full investigation of your accident
- Interview co-workers or other witnesses
- Hire experts as needed to support your case
- Calculate your damages to include all of your losses
- Handle all communications with your employer and insurance companies
- Send an experienced trial attorney to fight your case in court, if necessary
We’re equipped with more than 60+ years of combined experience to fight for you. We’ve recovered millions of dollars in life-changing awards for injured clients over the years. We’re confident we can help you, too.
Workplace Injury Statistics
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, private-sector employers reported 2.7 million workplace injuries and illnesses in 2020. The
Fatal workplace injuries across the country were up by 2% in 2019 over the previous year.
More people died from injuries on the job in 2019 (5,333) than any year in more than a decade.
In Florida, 306 people lost their lives in job site accidents in 2019. Workers in the private construction industry are most at risk—its 91 deaths were the highest in any single category.
In 2020, there were 926 workers’ compensation claims filed in Okaloosa and Walton counties combined.
What is My Workplace Accident Case Worth?
There are a couple of different ways your case might play out. In many cases, your workplace injury may be covered by workers’ compensation. Benefits include coverage for medical treatment and approximately 2/3 of your wages based on the 13-week period before your injury.
If you’re eligible to file a lawsuit to recover damages (such as if your injuries were caused by a third party), then other factors come into play.
In either case, the value of your award could depend on:
- The severity of your injury
- How long you are prevented from working
- Whether you can return to the same job
- Whether your injury caused a disability
- Whether you were following all safety protocols
We generally see higher awards for accidents that cause catastrophic injuries and death. Our experienced Fort Walton Beach workplace injury lawyers will be able to give you a better idea once we know the specifics of your case.
What Kind of Damages Are Available to Workplace Accident Victims?
Workers’ compensation will likely cover your job site injuries. Benefits should provide coverage for your medical treatment and two-thirds of your average weekly wages calculated in the 13-week period prior to your injury (not counting the week you were injured).
Even if you’re relying on insurance benefits, your employer’s insurance might refuse to pay the full extent of your medical bills. We can help you navigate this process and make sure your claim is handled fairly.
If workers’ comp covers your injury, that’s your exclusive remedy for damages. You can’t sue your co-workers or your employer.
If you do need to pursue legal action, then you can seek damages just like in any other personal injury claim—generally for economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages compensate you for monetary losses, such as:
- Medical bills
- Loss of wages
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
Examples of non-economic damages are:
- Anxiety and stress
- Loss of enjoyment of life activities
- Loss of reputation
- Loss of companionship
For the best chance to get all of the damages you’re rightfully due, contact a reputable Fort Walton Beach personal injury attorney who routinely handles workplace accidents.
Can I Recover Compensation If I’m Being Blamed For a Workplace Accident in Florida?
Most likely, yes. Under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws, you can still recover compensation even if you were at fault.
If you’re filing a lawsuit to recover damages, you should be able to recover compensation as long as you weren’t 100% at fault for the accident.
Florida’s comparative fault statute governs how parties share liability. If you’re at fault, your compensation will be reduced by the percentage of fault assigned to you.
Brannon & Brannon will stand up for you if you’re being blamed. Even if you were somewhat at fault, you don’t deserve to take the blame for any more than is fair.
We Represent All Injured Workers in Northwest Florida
While certain jobs may carry more danger than others, you can get hurt in any place of employment. Our Fort Walton Beach personal injury law firm serves clients in nearby Destin and throughout the Panhandle.
Work accidents can include:
- Construction accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Entanglement accidents
- Falls from heights
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Ladder accidents
- Being struck by an object
- Exposure to heat or cold
- Equipment failures
- Workplace violence
Getting injured where you go every day to earn a living can be devastating. The possibility that you might not be able to return to your chosen profession can leave you filled with anxiety and fear. Let Brannon & Brannon fight to bring stability to your future. Our father-son team has been trusted in Northwest Florida for more than three decades.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation For All of Your Workplace Injuries
You could be suffering from excruciating pain with uncertainty about when you might recover. Medical bills and the expenses associated with a long recovery can be overwhelming. We can help fight for the money you need.
Workplace injuries can include:
- Brain injuries
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Broken bones
- Lung damage
- Loss of eyesight
- Loss of hearing
- Nerve damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Permanent disabilities
- Wrongful death
- And more
We’ll coordinate with your medical providers to make sure we understand the extent of your injuries.
What Causes Most Workplace Accidents in Fort Walton Beach, FL?
Most accidents are the result of mistakes or negligence. Many accidents are avoidable, whether it’s an individual error or a company policy that overlooked essential supervision of a dangerous process.
If you’re injured at work, it could be the result of:
- Improper training
- Faulty equipment
- Violation of OSHA rules
- Negligent supervision of employees or subcontractors
- Trip and fall hazards
- Failure to provide proper safety equipment
- Faulty ventilation
- Hiring unqualified people
- Negligent maintenance of facilities or equipment
- Fatigued/overworked employees
Accidents on the job are rarely simple. Often, they involve multiple parties. It’s important to narrow down the precise cause of your accident so that the proper parties can be held responsible. Our experienced Fort Walton Beach personal injury attorneys leave no stone unturned to determine what caused your accident.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Workplace Accident in Florida?
Negligence is the legal basis of most avoidable injuries.
To prove negligence, you must prove its four elements:
- Duty: the defendant owed you a duty of care to not cause you harm
- Breach: the defendant breached that duty
- Causation: the defendant’s breach of duty caused the accident
- Damages: you suffered damages as a result
Evidence used to prove negligence could include:
- Eyewitness testimony
- Video from security cameras
- Maintenance records
- Supervisor’s testimony
- Co-worker’s testimony
- Photographs of the worksite
We have years of experience litigating complex accident cases. We know what it takes to build a strong case.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Worksite Accident in FL?
You must file a lawsuit for injuries within four years. You have just two years to file a wrongful death case.
If you are filing a workers’ compensation claim, you must report your injuries to your employer within 30 days.
Workplace accidents are complex. There may be other deadlines depending on the facts of your case. For example, if a government entity is responsible, you have three years to file your claim. It’s not uncommon to have several different types of claims as part of your case.
Consult a knowledgeable Fort Walton Beach worksite injury lawyer to make sure you don’t miss critical deadlines.
Contact Our Fort Walton Beach Workplace Accidents Lawyers For a Free Consultation
If you got hurt while just trying to earn a living, let our Fort Walton Beach workplace accidents lawyers help. Brannon & Brannon will fight to help you obtain compensation after getting injured on the job.
We offer free consultations. Call our Fort Walton Beach law office today so we can help you get back on your feet.