Utility line work is one of America’s top 10 most dangerous occupations. Every year, 30-50 out of every 100,000 utility line workers are killed in workplace accidents. If you have suffered utility worker injuries while on the job, the workers’ compensation system can give you the benefits you deserve for your medical bills, lost wages, and more. Our lawyers at Work Injury Rights represent injured utility workers throughout Florida. Contact us today to schedule a free case review with an experienced Florida workers’ compensation lawyer.
Hazards of Utility Line Work in Florida
Utility workers face a number of hazards every day they report to work. Linemen work at dangerous heights in confined spaces and deal with the risks of welding and electricity.
Some of the most common utility worker injuries include the following:
- Falls: Utility workers often work at high altitudes while installing or repairing phone and electric lines. This puts them at high risk of a fall.
- Electrical shock or electrocution: By far one of the greatest dangers of linework is electrical shock. Working with power lines is an incredibly dangerous task and a single mistake can cause life-threatening injuries or death.
- Fires or explosions: Utility workers may face the risk of flammable items exploding or catching fire while they work with power lines or underground. Sometimes electrical linemen must also weld while working on power lines which can lead to burns and other serious injuries.
- Trench collapse: Many utility workers work underground or in trenches to make new tunnels or maintain existing utility lines underground.
These types of accidents can cause serious, life-threatening, or even fatal utility worker injuries such as:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Serious lacerations
Florida Workers’ Compensation for Utility Worker Injuries
As a utility worker, you put your life on the line every day you report to work. When you suffer a serious injury, you expect the workers’ compensation system to be there for you. The no-fault workers’ compensation system in Florida can provide medical benefits, lost wages, and disability benefits to injured workers. Unfortunately, receiving the benefits you deserve isn’t always easy.
Workers’ compensation insurance companies operate for a profit. Their goal is to deny claims whenever possible and attempt to minimize payouts. This means many legitimate workers’ compensation claims are denied or undervalued. Receiving benefits also requires completing a lot of paperwork with strict deadlines and presenting a case to show the extent of your utility worker injuries.
A Florida workers’ compensation lawyer can help you with your claims process by handling the administrative tasks, safeguarding your legal rights, working with the insurance company on your behalf, and fighting for the full benefits you deserve. If your claim is denied, your lawyer can help you appeal your case with evidence of your injuries and your accident.
Schedule a Free Case Review With Our Workers’ Comp Lawyers Regarding Your Utility Worker Injuries
At Work Injury Rights, we believe that injured utility workers deserve the full compensation allowed under Florida workers’ compensation law. We represent injured workers throughout Florida in filing workers’ compensation claims and appealing denied claims. While you are struggling to recover from your injuries and move on with your life, we will be here to fight for you.