Our health and wellbeing is one of our most important considerations as we try to go through our daily life, and keeping safe is a key part of your day. When an injury occurs, it can change your life in a significant way and leave you struggling to know what to do next. Those who are injured on the job due to the recklessness or negligence of their employer can often seek financial compensation to help them get on their feet and move on.
But what if you’re injured in an accident while working in a dangerous profession? For instance, those working in a construction job or trimming trees are obvious at much more risk than someone sitting in an office behind a desk. As such, they can often feel like their injuries are unavoidable and that there is little they can do about them. But, you do still have rights. Taking a closer look at this is important for those employed in a dangerous profession.
Knowing Your Rights
The key thing to remember here is that your rights are the same no matter what your specific profession is. Yes, it’s true that jobs may be more dangerous and have inherent risks associated with them. But, those risks don’t change your rights if you’re injured.
Essentially, under Florida law you are allowed to seek financial compensation for your injuries if you can show that your injuries were caused by the reckless or negligent actions of someone else. For instance, let’s say that you are an electrician. You are involved in an accident caused by a faulty wire that electrocutes you. This may be cause for a lawsuit if you can show that the person responsible for jobsite safety knew that there was a wiring issue and that they didn’t correct it or warn you about it. If the wiring issue wasn’t known to anyone, you can’t seek compensation since it’s an inherent risk in an electrician’s profession.
The same principle applies to every profession – if the person responsible for your on-the-job safety fails to maintain adequate safety standards, they could be held responsible for your injuries. This can apply to injuries that go beyond just basic worker’s compensation claims, too, and should be given careful attention by those hurt. You may have more rights than you realize.
Proving You Are Owed
With the unique challenges associated with these types of personal injury cases, it’s clear that you need special assistance proving that you are owed compensation. Having a personal injury attorney on your side will be the key to getting what you are owed, and they will use numerous methods to prove that you deserve compensation including:
• Accident recreations
• Interviews with witnesses
• Past safety problems or accidents at a job
• Security camera footage
• OSHA reports and inspection histories
Your lawyer will work alongside medical professionals, financial experts, and more to determine just what caused your accident and what your rights might be. They will also utilize the tools above to develop a case for you and argue to ensure that you get the restitution you deserve.
The bottom line here is simple – if you’re injured in an accident on the job, there is a chance that you deserve compensation even if you work in a risky profession. It can be complicated, however, and contacting our legal team to get a free consultation is the best way to make sure that you get what you are owed so you can find financial stability and move on after an accident.