Were you or a loved one injured at work in St. Petersburg, FL? You might be facing extensive lost wages and medical expenses. An experienced St. Petersburg workplace accidents lawyer at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. can help you fight for the full and fair compensation you deserve.
We’ve recovered over $675 million in compensation for our clients since we opened our doors in 1955. You can trust our top-rated legal team to put our experience to work for you.
How Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. Can Help After a Workplace Accident in St. Petersburg
A painful injury is never easy, especially when you have to deal with the insurance company and workers’ compensation paperwork. You may be wondering whether you’ll receive the full compensation you deserve. Our experienced St. Petersburg personal injury lawyers can ensure you do.
Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. is the oldest personal injury firm in Tampa Bay. We have decades of experience in workers’ compensation law and have helped hundreds of individuals recover compensation after workplace accidents. Our team includes Board Certified attorneys, Super Lawyers, and Tampa Bay Magazine Top Attorneys.
When you hire Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. to protect you after a work accident, you’ll have someone in your corner to:
- Explore all legal avenues for recovering the most compensation possible
- Identify the cause of your accident and locate all responsible parties
- Calculate your damages, using expert help when necessary
- Negotiate with the insurance companies to fight for every dollar you deserve
Our proven track record of success includes hundreds of millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts. Collectively, our St. Petersburg personal injury attorneys have over 300 years of experience.
Are you interested in learning more about how our resources and experience can help with your claim? Call our law firm today for a free initial consultation.
What is My St. Petersburg Workplace Accident Case Worth?
The value of most personal injury cases depends upon the severity of the injuries you’ve suffered. If your injuries are severe and permanent, you’ll recover more money than cases where injuries are mild and temporary.
However, it’s important to understand the factors that determine how much your case is worth. Some of those factors include:
- The cost and duration of your medical treatment
- The amount of your lost wages
- Who was responsible for the accident
- Whether the injury will change your daily life
Workers’ comp benefits are generally capped at $1,011 per week in 2021. That means the most you can receive in cash benefits is $1,011 per week–regardless of your prior earnings history.
However, it’s possible that you may be entitled to additional compensation. Our lawyers can help you understand your legal options in a free consultation. Don’t hesitate to call today to learn more.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Workplace Accident Victims?
There are two ways to recover damages for your work injuries. Most injured workers in Florida are entitled to file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You may also be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party.
The two options are not mutually exclusive–you may be able to recover workers’ comp benefits and also sue for damages.
Florida Workers’ Compensation Benefits
The state of Florida requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance.
Workers’ compensation benefits cover:
- All reasonable and necessary medical expenses
- Wage replacement benefits equal to about 66 ⅔ of your average weekly wages if you’re totally unable to work
If your injury is extremely serious, you may be entitled to permanent disability benefits. On the other hand, you may be entitled to partial temporary disability benefits if you’re able to perform some type of light work while you recover.
Surviving family members may also receive death benefits up to a maximum of $150,000 to cover funeral expenses, compensation for dependents and education benefits for a surviving spouse.
You’re not permitted to sue your employer or a co-worker for damages if you were hurt on the job. You can file a lawsuit against a negligent third party.
It’s possible that you may have a valid third-party claim if you sustained your injury because:
- The owner of your worksite failed to provide reasonably safe work conditions
- A negligent driver caused a car accident while you were on the job
- The work equipment you relied upon was defective
Once you establish your right to sue for damages, it’s important to understand the types of damages you can receive. Under Florida personal injury laws, you can recover economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- The full value of your lost wages
- Reduced future earning potential
- Property damage
- Any other out-of-pocket expenses you incur
Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Diminished quality of life
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Anxiety, depression, and PTSD
- Loss of consortium
Our lawyers can help you explore every avenue for recovering compensation. If you have questions about your right to damages, call our law firm for a free case review today.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Workplace Accident in Florida?
Florida comparative fault laws divide financial liability between everyone who is to blame after an accident. That includes the victim.
Importantly, you can still recover damages if you’re partly to blame for an accident. Your compensation can be reduced to account for your share of fault.
Contributory fault in Florida is only relevant if you’re filing a personal injury lawsuit. You can recover the full amount of your workers’ compensation benefits even if you’re responsible for an accident.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Workplace Accident Injuries
There are countless ways you can get hurt on the job. Whether you were injured on a construction site or in an office building, you deserve to be compensated for all of your injuries.
At Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A., we’re well-prepared to fight for you. Some of the most common workplace injury claims we handle involve:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Eye injuries
- Hearing damage
- Back injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Respiratory illnesses from exposure to toxic chemicals or other substances in the workplace, including asbestos exposure, asthma, and COPD
- Wrongful death of a loved one
If you or a family member were hurt, don’t hesitate to call our lawyers in St. Petersburg for a free case review today. We’d be happy to review your case and help you understand your legal right to compensation.
What Causes Most Workplace Accidents in St. Petersburg, Florida?
Some of the leading causes of workplace injuries in St. Petersburg include:
- Lack of proper safety protection
- Lack of fall protection
- Failure to communicate
- Negligently trained employees
- Failure to supervise employees
- Violation of state and federal safety regulations
- Failure to properly inspect and maintain work equipment
- Unsafe work equipment
- Defective tools and machinery
- Repetitive stress and overworking
Our St. Petersburg workplace accidents attorneys handle all types of work accident claims. We have the resources to handle even the most complex injury claims, including those involving:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Electrocution and electric shock
- Fires and explosions
- Falls from roofs or ladders
- Accidents involving forklifts, cranes, and heavy machinery
- Slip and fall accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Workplace violence
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
When an injury threatens your ability to earn a living, our lawyers are here to help. Give us a quick call today to learn more about how we can put our 300 years of combined experience to work for you.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Workplace Accident in Florida?
Injured workers aren’t required to establish negligence to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
You will be required to prove negligence to sue a third party for damages. Someone is negligent when they fail to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances. Legally speaking, you’ll have to prove:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care
- A breach of duty
- The breach caused your accident
- The types and amount of damages you sustained
Proving negligence can be a challenge. However, if you succeed, you can recover damages above and beyond what workers’ compensation covers–and our lawyers are here to help every step of the way.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Workplace Accident in Florida?
If you were hurt on the job, you should notify your employer of the accident within 30 days. That notification will preserve your right to file a workers’ compensation claim.
You’ll then have four years to file a personal injury lawsuit for additional damages under the Florida statute of limitations.
Contact a St. Petersburg Workplace Accidents Lawyer for a Free Consultation
If you were hurt at work, there’s no risk in seeking legal advice. An experienced St. Petersburg workplace accidents lawyer at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. can review your claim for free. Just give us a quick call today to schedule your free case evaluation.