Fort Lauderdale, FL asked in Personal Injury and Workers' Compensation for Florida

Q: I have been contracting work for a large hospital system, I was injured on their property, do I havr a case?

Ive been contracting work for a large hospital healthcare system, I was repairing a fallen fence on hospital property. It was covered in shrubbery some of which was poison ivy. I couldn’t see it amonst the other shrubs and vines. It turned into a terrible case, all over my arms, torso, legs, genitals, and my arms were badly swollen. A doctor prescribed me a strong steroid which gave me bad side affects and I was sick afterwards for a while. I have pictures of the rashes on my body and went back and took pictures of the fence to confirm it was in fact poison ivy. I was not a w2 employee, I was contracting, and my title was supplemental maintenance vendor, Im wondering if I have a case for my pain and suffering.

1 Lawyer Answer
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: A Florida attorney could advise best, but your question remains open for a week. Was the hospital negligent in any manner? A fallen fence that had poison ivy on it on its own might not necessarily amount to negligence, unless there are additional details. Ordinary, something like this could be covered under workers' comp, where the element of negligence wouldn't need to be part of the equation - the basis there would be that you were injured in the course of employment. This is only a brief general overview, and different attorneys could see things differently. The best way to answer your question would be to reach out to Florida attorneys and try to arrange a free initial consult. Good luck

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