When you are pursuing a claim against another driver for an accident, fault is crucial. Under Florida’s comparative negligence laws, fault is calculated as a percentage. If you are found partially at fault for an accident, the damages you receive can be directly reduced.
Workers’ compensation is very different. This system is not a civil case, it’s a no-fault insurance system. Under workers’ compensation in Florida, you do not need to show that someone else was at fault for your injuries. You can still qualify for benefits even if you were responsible for the accident as long as you were driving for work-related purposes.
You may also have a claim against a third party in addition to workers’ compensation if another driver caused the accident. This can increase the compensation you can receive for your injuries but it may be challenging to pursue both claims.
With a third-party claim, you will need to show the other driver was at fault. Your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier will be entitled to reimbursement for a share of the workers’ comp benefits you receive if you recover from a third party.
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