A recent news story was reported in local papers on November 19, 2009 about a man who fell about 25 feet into the cargo hold of a ship, The Danica Sunbeam. The man had to be hoisted out of the cargo hold using a basket and crane/lift so that he could be transported to the hospital.
The latest reports indicate that the man is in miraculously stable condition and has suffered several injuries, including a broken arm. This is a classic example of a workers compensation case and how these cases happens everyday, even in situations, such as this, where safety is such a tremendous part of the employee’s responsibility. But what is interesting about Workers Compensation law in Florida is that Florida operates under a “no fault” system as it applies to work accidents. Therefore, whether the accident could have been avoided either by actions of the injured employee or the employer, the injured worker will be covered for his medical treatment and any wages that he loses as a result of any disability.
There are some exceptions to the general rule that was outlined, however an attorney who is well-versed in Workers Compensation cases such as The Injury Law Clinic, P.A. can help you understand those exceptions and nuances in the law to best protect your rights. If you or someone you know has suffered an injury at work in Miami-Dade, Broward or Palm Beach counties, please call us for a free consultation, toll-free at (877) 215-3529.