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Lesser-Known Causes for Workers’ Comp Claims in Florida


According to various studies, the most common type of workplace accident is a slip or a fall. However, there are many other less common types of injuries that can still cause serious issues for workers in Florida. Often, these injuries cause lasting issues for workers – and they can even be fatal in many situations. Because they are less common, these injuries may also fall under the radar – and injured workers who suffer them might be aware of their rights under the workers’ comp system.

Heat Exhaustion 

Heat exhaustion is proving to be a major issue for many workers across Florida – especially agricultural workers. That said, intense heat can cause injuries for virtually any worker in the Sunshine State, and this is a threat that everyone needs to take seriously. Whether you’re working in a kitchen, on a farm, or driving a truck, heat exhaustion can cause you to lose consciousness. It can also be fatal in some situations.

Agricultural workers are currently fighting for more rights in Florida and throughout the entire nation. Among other things, they are demanding reliable access to shade, water breaks, and other resources that can help prevent heat exhaustion and related injuries. Unfortunately, these efforts are encountering numerous issues in America’s legislative branch.

 Criminal Activity 

Another major cause of employee injuries is criminal activity. Shoplifting is on the rise across the United States, and employees often find themselves in very dangerous situations as a result. This is why many employers specifically warn their employees not to confront criminals, as these individuals may cause injuries when they feel cornered.

Criminal activity can lead to gunshot wounds, traumatic head injuries, and many other forms of harm. Sometimes, employees also face criminal charges for trying to stop shoplifters. Such was the case when a Gamestop employee in Florida was recently arrested on manslaughter charges for firing upon a shoplifter.

 Toxin Exposure 

Toxin exposure is a particularly dangerous threat for Florida workers because it is often difficult to detect or notice. Workers may go many years before finally being diagnosed with a health issue related to this toxin exposure. A clear example is asbestos, which has caused many Florida workers to develop mesothelioma – a serious form of lung cancer. Workers may need to work alongside qualified attorneys to prove a causational link between their asbestos exposure and the resulting cancer.

Where Can I Find a Qualified Workers’ Comp Attorney in Florida? 

If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced workers’ compensation attorney in Tampa, look no further than the Franco Law Firm. We know that workers suffer rare, unexpected injuries all the time across the Sunshine State. If you’re not sure whether your injury will lead to a workers’ comp settlement, why not book a consultation with us today? During this discussion, we can discuss your situation and guide you toward the compensation you need – even if your claim has already been denied.




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