Certain jobs are at a higher risk to workers’ compensation claims. Doing roadwork is one of them. Unfortunately, two workers of Stripe-A-Lot Paving know this first hand.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, Michael Madson of Largo and Craig Walls of Illinois were hit a car as they using a machine to paint the crosswalk at S Dale Mabry Highway and W San Carlos Street. According to reports, before 5 a.m., a silver 4-door Mitsubishi was headed south on Dale Mabry when the driver veered off the road, over a curb, and slammed into the workers. After causing the car accident, the driver fled the scene down Palmira Avenue. Anyone with information about the driver’s identity is asked to call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.
This car accident reminds us that if you are involved in a Florida workers’ compensation accident caused by the negligence of a non-coworker, the injured worker would have both a workers’ compensation claim and a third-party liability claim. Although both claims stem from the same accident, each have to handled differently to protect the rights of the injured worker. A misstep in the handling of the third party negligence claim can result in negative consequences in the workers’ compensation claim. Similarly, if the workers’ compensation claim goes unmanaged, it could put the third party case in jeopardy.
If you or a loved one is involved in a workers’ compensation claim caused by the negligence of another person, it is important that you talk with an attorney who understands both Florida workers’ compensation law and negligence law.
Personal Injury Attorney Matthew Noyes represents those injured in car accidents, motorcycle crashes, bicycle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other types of personal injury matters. He is also the Director of his firm’s Workers’ Compensation department. His Clearwater law firm – Perenich Caulfield Avril Noyes – is one of the oldest personal injury law firms in Pinellas County. Call Attorney Matthew Noyes now at 727-796-8282 or simply click here to schedule a free case consultation.