DeFuniak Springs, FL asked in Car Accidents, Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida

Q: involved in a car accident on 10/11/2021 . Was working for randstad source right which is a contractor for fedex ground

Working delivering packages for fedex ground and a car ran their stop sign failing to yield right away. During impact it threw me all over vehicle causing me to hit my knee on center console which broke off and after impact the company truck I was driving went into the other 2 lane highway . Horn went off and wouldn’t stop . We hit other vehicle was totaled and the work truck was damaged. I have lower back injuries. Went to the er and chiropractor the chiropractor told me I had several injuries to the spine and lower back. Chiropractor is about an hour away and I’m unable to afford gas to go there twice a week therefore I haven’t been back. I haven’t been able to work since the wreck due to excessive back pain. So I’m not working what are my options? If I can’t afford to go to a chiropractor twice a week how will I ever be able to heal. I still haven’t received worker’s compensation and I’m still unable to work. What are the legal steps a lawyer takes when handeling this type of case.

4 Lawyer Answers
Adam David Rieth
PREMIUM
Adam David Rieth
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Tampa, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You can often treat with providers on "letters of protection" and not pay up front, but out of the proceeds of a case. Generally, medical providers offer this if you have an attorney pursuing an injury case. You should consult with an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible.

Domenic J. Celeste agrees with this answer

Joseph Coughlan
Joseph Coughlan
Answered
  • Workers' Compensation Lawyer
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: If your accident occurred while working, you should be seeking medical care and lost wage benefits through your employer in a workers' compensation claim. There are times where treatment outside of workers' compensation is advisable, but more often that is the best place to start - especially when the cost of treatment is a major concern. The best course is to speak with an attorney who understands both personal injury and workers' compensation claims to ensure you obtain all available benefits.

Domenic J. Celeste and Terrence H Thorgaard agree with this answer

Gregory C. Maaswinkel
PREMIUM
Gregory C. Maaswinkel
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You may have both a work comp and personal injury claim. Work comp can pay for authorized treatment, transportation to and from medical appointments, and pay you checks every 2 weeks for lost income. In personal injury, you may be able to recover for pain, suffering, mental anguish, inconvenience, etc. You should consult with a lawyer that handles both personal injury and work comp to way your options. Most of these types of lawyers do not charge you anything unless they win.

Domenic J. Celeste and Stephen Arnold Black agree with this answer

Stephen Arnold Black
Stephen Arnold Black
Answered
  • Personal Injury Lawyer
  • Orlando, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: You have two claims. You have a claim for workers compensation because you were injured on the job. You also have a third-party claim against the at fault driver who caused your personal injuries. You should retain a personal injury Lawyer to pursue the claim against the at fault driver and recover maximum benefits most likely up to the insurance policy limits.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.