Any time that someone is injured while at work, that person is eligible to receive compensation from his or her employer to cover medical expenses related to that injury. This system is known as workers’ compensation and extends to all employees in the state of Florida. The specific kind of injury does not matter for the sake of collection of workers’ comp benefits, nor does it matter if it was the fault of the injured person, but knowing the most common workers’ comp cases can help you better understand what your rights are should you find yourself in these kind of situations.
One of the most common workers’ comp cases is overexertion, or working oneself past physical limits. There could be many reasons why a worker might overexert his or herself, but the most common circumstances arise from repeated tasks without adequate rest or trying to lift a heavy object without assistance. Overexertion is a particular problem in Florida if employees do not stay hydrated or frequently work outside. Typical symptoms of overexertion are back pain, arthritis, and heat exhaustion.
Slips, trips, and falls are all also common workers’ comp cases and are natural accidents that could happen to anyone. Employees that use ladders or similar tools are more at risk, but a fall at the wrong place and time can cause damage to bones and muscles. Being struck by falling or moving objects is also common, particularly in construction or warehouse environments and can lead to similar physical damage.
Remember that even though these are the most common workers’ comp cases in Florida, any time that someone is injured in any way on the job, there are grounds to receive compensation for said injuries. If you or someone you know has been denied this right, we at the Franco Law Firm can help you fight to receive it back. To schedule a free consultation today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.