After Suffering An Injury At Work, I Want To Know What The Difference Is Between Personal Injury And Workers’ Comp Benefits In Florida.
There are many differences between Florida workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. When you get injured at work, the workers’ compensation system is designed to pay for temporary and permanent disability benefits that include medical and wage loss benefits. Unfortunately, workers’ comp doesn’t typically provide for pain and suffering and loss of quality of life like personal injury claims do.
The main difference between workers’ comp and personal injury surrounds the issue of fault. In workers’ compensation cases, it doesn’t matter if you were at fault; however, in order to recover benefits in a personal injury case, negligence or fault needs to be proven of another party.
If a work accident was your fault or the fault of your employer, then you would recover benefits under the Florida workers’ compensation system. However, if a work accident was the fault of someone else (a third party), then you may have a personal injury claim to recover damages that workers’ compensation benefits do not provide for. This means you may have both a personal injury suit and a workers’ compensation claim to give you full protection.
This is why it is critical to hire a lawyer who has experience in both personal injury and workers’ compensation matters and is familiar with the laws to protect your rights. For a free consultation with a knowledgeable South Florida workers’ comp attorney, contact the Law Office of David Benenfeld at [number type=”2″] or [number type=”1″] today.