Can I File A Workers’ Compensation Claim For Injuries In A Professional Office?
We often think about workplace injuries in relation to serious accidents that occur on dangerous job sites like construction sites or factories where heavy machinery is in regular use. Yet it is critical to remember that serious workplace accidents and injuries can happen in any place of employment, even if there are not obvious hazards like scaffolding or heavy equipment. Indeed, workers suffer debilitating injuries in professional office settings more often than you might think and need to seek financial compensation through the Florida workers’ compensation system. Our experienced Sunrise workers’ compensation attorneys want to provide you with more information about some of the types of injuries that commonly occur in professional office settings that may be compensable by filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Slip and Fall Injuries in an Office Building
Slip and falls occur with more frequency than people often expect, and these accidents can result in serious injuries such as broken bones or fractures, back and neck injuries, sprains and strains, and even traumatic brain injuries. Most often, these injuries happen because of somebody’s negligent act or omission. For example, an employer might fail to have a broken area of the flooring repaired, or the employer might fail to have a broken stairway railing fixed. Even an employer’s failure to repair a broken or burned out light in certain walkways can result in a trip and fall accident.
Workers should also know that their own negligence might play a role in a workplace slip and fall. For instance, if an employee is walking down a hallway while reading a report in preparation for a meeting, that employee might not realize that there is an obstruction in the walkway and might slip and fall. Regardless of whether the employer or the employee is negligent, the injured employee can be eligible to obtain compensation by filing a Florida workers’ compensation claim. If you got hurt in a slip, trip, and fall accident in your office building, you should report the injury to your employer as soon as possible to preserve your right to workers’ compensation benefits.
Repetitive Motion Injuries at Work
Many professionals who work in office buildings and spend a significant portion of their time at desks can develop repetitive motion injuries and related occupational diseases. While some states do not permit employees to seek workers’ compensation benefits for repetitive stress injuries, Florida workers may be eligible for benefits.
Under the Florida Workers Compensation Act, “the disablement or death of an employee resulting from an occupational disease . . . shall be treated as the happening of an injury by accident” and can be compensable. However, you will need help from a workers’ compensation lawyer to prove that your repetitive motion injury did indeed result from your work.
Seek Advice from Our Sunrise Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
After suffering an injury at your place of employment, it is essential to report the injury to your employer and then to get in touch with an experienced South Florida workers’ compensation lawyer. Our firm has been representing injured workers across South Florida for years and can discuss your options with you today for seeking financial compensation for your injuries. Contact the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. today to learn more about how we can assist you with your claim.