Workplace Premises Liability
While workers’ compensation typically covers on-the-job accidents, you may still be entitled to make a personal injury claim for a Florida slip and fall accident at work.
That may depend on the specific circumstances of your injury.
Does the employer own the premises? If so, you would be looking at a workers’ compensation case. If on the other hand the employer rents the building from a third party and you slip and fall in the common area, that could result in both a workers’ compensation case as well as a Florida premises liability action if negligence on the part of the third party contributed to your injury.
The third party can also include a contractor who may have worked at the premises. Did the building owner install shelves that fell? Was there a defective part that caused your on-the job accident? If negligence is found, you may have the ability to file a premises liability lawsuit for your slip and fall injury against the third party.
Can I File a Workers’ Compensation Claim in Florida?
In some cases, if the employer does not have workers’ compensation and you are injured on-the-job, you may be able to file a slip and fall action against that employer. A Florida workers’ compensation and premises liability attorney will be able to sort out the complexities of these sorts of cases.
Whether you work for a small store or a super store, there can be common problems on the job site that lead to a slip and fall including:
- Poorly placed or nonexistent signs
- Bad lighting
- Wet floor
- Uneven pavement or flooring
- An open exposed pit on the site
On the work site, unless it is a social occasion, you likely will be considered the same as an invitee. In those cases, employers are supposed to know of hazards and remove them or at the very least have them flagged to alert the unsuspecting.
Jacksonville Slip and Fall On the Job Attorneys Holding Florida Employers Responsible for Negligence
Ultimately, it is the degree of negligence on the part of your employer and the third party that will determine your case, along with the severity of your injuries and your degree of caution.
Even if you have been injured on-the-job and offered a settlement, you would be well-advised to consult with an injury attorney in Jacksonville FL to make sure you are not signing away your rights for any future claims you may have outside of the scope of workers’ compensation.