Central Florida Construction Accident Attorneys
As a general rule, persons who are injured on the job cannot sue their employers for their damages, and their only option is to file a workers' compensation claim. However, in workplace injury cases where someone other than the employer can be held liable for negligence, the injured employee can usually file the workers' comp claim while pursuing personal injury damages against the negligent non-employer defendant.
If you have been seriously injured at work, contact the Volusia County construction accident lawyers at James & Zimmerman in DeLand. We handle the full spectrum of industrial injuries and worksite accidents. Our attorneys can file a workers' compensation claim immediately after you're injured, and we can begin to investigate the circumstances of your accident to see whether any nonemployer defendants can be held liable for the full range of your losses.
While a worker's comp case can cover your medical treatment and loss of wages while you're disabled from working, a successful personal injury lawsuit will usually result in a much higher total recovery. The employer has the right to recover its payments on the worker's comp claim from the personal injury damages award, but the net result to the injured worker normally makes this offset more than worthwhile.
Examples of the kinds of serious injury cases that can support a personal injury lawsuit as well as a worker's compensation claim include:
Our familiarity with the proof and presentation of construction accident claims and other job injuries can sometimes mean that we'll handle three cases for you - a workers' compensation claim, a personal injury lawsuit against one or more nonemployer defendants, and if your injuries result in a period of disability from working at all, a claim for Social Security Disability Benefits.
The central Florida construction accident lawyers at James & Zimmerman also represent the surviving families of employees in work-related death cases. For more information about our ability to protect your interests and maximize your recovery in a personal injury or wrongful death case, contact one of our job injury attorneys in DeLand.