Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe working environment. Failure to do so may result in a fine by government regulators. Workers’ compensation – the exclusive remedy for employees against their employers for job-related injuries – is paid on a no-fault basis. That means workers who are injured in Florida don’t need to prove their employer acted in a manner that was negligent in order to collect compensation.
Third parties, meanwhile, can be liable and compelled to pay damages to the person injured on top of what he/ she receives for workers’ compensation – but only if the plaintiff can prove the third party negligent.
Many serious Florida work injuries involve some type of fault from a third party, whether that’s:
- A general contractor or property owner who fails to make sure the work site is free from an unreasonable risk of hazards (known or foreseeable);
- A negligent driver who strikes a work crew on the road;
- A product manufacturer that designed/ made/ sold a heavy machine that is unreasonably dangerous, even when operated as intended.