Foot Injuries in the Workplace
Recent statistics indicate that nearly 10 percent of work-related injuries involve the feet or ankles. Foot injuries can occur at any time and when they do, they can severely limit a person’s ability to work, or even to move around normally.
Accidental slips, falls, or trips can account for minor foot injuries, while trauma and ongoing occupational hazards can contribute to more severe foot conditions. Foot injuries that occur on the job need medical attention in order to begin treatment and prevent further damage.
Attorney for Workplace Foot Injuries in Miami, FL
If you suffered any kind of foot injury in your Miami, Florida, workplace, you should seek immediate medical attention. After you are treated for your foot injury, you should discuss your case with an experienced attorney who focuses on workers' compensation claims in Miami, FL. A qualified attorney can help you receive all the workers' compensation benefits to which you are legally entitled under Chapter 440 of the Florida Statutes.
At The Hoffman Firm, our attorneys represent clients throughout the Miami area, including all of Miami-Dade County and the surrounding areas throughout South Florida. We also serve clients in Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, West Palm Beach, and Palm Beach County.
Foot injuries can seriously impact both your ability to work and even your ability to move. In order to receive the benefits you are entitled to, it is essential to start the Workers’ Compensation process as early as possible. In most cases, you are required to file a claim within 30 days of the injury.
At The Hoffman Firm, our knowledgeable attorneys are qualified to assist you with the workers' compensation process after a work-related foot injury. If you need any assistance in applying for or receiving workers’ comp benefits, contact The Hoffman Firm by calling (305) 940-2307 today.
Different Types of Foot Injuries
The most common foot injuries occur as a result of trauma. When working with heavy machinery, small sharp objects, or in an industrial environment, trauma to the foot or ankle is more likely to occur. Common trauma-related foot injuries include broken bones, sprains, punctures, or cuts.
Not all foot injuries are caused by direct trauma. Some foot injuries are caused by occupational dangers and unsafe working conditions. If you are working in a damp environment or changing weather conditions, your feet, and ankles can be effected. Exposure to changing environments or chemicals can cause feet to swell, crack, become infected or lead to skin injuries.
Foot injuries often restrict a person’s ability to walk or stand for long periods of time, which can adversely restrict employment opportunities or force a change in work duties.
The many small bones in the foot, as well as the connecting tendons, ligaments and muscles, may also be injured, leading to diminished mobility. Sprains, strains, contusions, lacerations, and tendinitis often require long rehabilitation. In order to prevent long-term damage, foot injuries require immediate treatment.
If you suffered any kind of foot injury at work, see a doctor right away and then file a workers’ compensation claim. Contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to assist in the process.
Foot injuries are among the most common in the workplace. A foot injury can be sudden or occur more subtly, over time. Either way, an injury to the foot or ankle can cause extreme swelling or be intensely painful.
Foot injuries have many causes, but common reasons for foot injuries are:
- Slip or fall
- Penetrating injury
- Direct blow to the foot or ankle
- Abnormal bending, jerking or twisting
The most serious injuries can involve:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Strains from pulled muscles
- Injuries to the ligaments, tendons, or joints
Any foot injury is serious. A person who injures his or her foot or feet or ankles on the job is entitled to workers' compensation in Florida, regardless of who was at fault. Contact a knowledgeable workers' compensation lawyer in Miami, FL, today to discuss your work-related foot injury.
National Institutes of Health (NIH) — National Library of Medicine — Foot Injury — Learn more about foot injuries on this federal government website, which contains helpful links and articles about a variety of topics related to foot injuries.
Finding an Attorney for a Work-Related Foot Injury in Miami, FL
Foot injuries can be debilitating and result in the need to take time to heal and recover. If you’ve sustained a foot injury at work, from trauma or occupational conditions, the first step is getting medical attention. Next, it’s important to file a Workers’ Compensation claim within 30 days of the injury.
If your foot injury will require you to take time off of work, acquiring workers' compensation benefits can help relieve the financial burden and ensure access to medical care.
The Hoffman Firm has offices conveniently located in Miami in Miami-Dade County, Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, and West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, FL. The attorneys at The Hoffman Firm represents injured workers for workers' compensation claims throughout the City of Aventura, North Miami, Miami-Dade County and the surrounding areas throughout South Florida.
After sustaining an injury, it can be difficult to keep track of the Workers’ Compensation process and get approved for benefits. If you’re having a hard time navigating the process of applying for and receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits, contact The Hoffman Firm today at (305) 940-2307 to speak with a knowledgeable legal professional about your case.
This article was last updated on Friday, May 20, 2016.
Evan A. Hoffman
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