The Florida Division of Worker Compensation reports 54531 workers comp claims in Florida in 2011, resulting in a total of $666,486,463 in medical payments and $1,021,598,822 in total benefits.
Workers injured in accidents caused by negligent third parties while in the course of their employment have two avenues to seek compensation. They may be entitled to medical expenses and lost earnings benefits through Florida’s workers compensation system. They may also be permitted to bring a third-party lawsuit against the negligent party, so long as they do not sue their employers. In the third-party action, injured workers can seek compensation for past and future pain and suffering. For example, a worker injured in a motor vehicle accident can file a workers comp claim and bring a separate lawsuit against the other driver involved in the accident. A worker injured by defective machinery can bring a lawsuit against the manufacturer separate from his workers compensation claim.