Miscarriages in the Workplace
Miscarriages occur in approximately 10 percent to 15 percent of all pregnancies, but any woman who has a miscarriage will endure both physical and emotional pain and a profound sense of loss, as will concerned family members and friends. The physical and emotional scars of a miscarriage can be devastating and overwhelming.
When a miscarriage occurs due to a work-related incident or accident, the employer may be liable for damages if workplace conditions or behaviors or actions by workplace employees were contributing causes to the miscarriage.
Attorney for Workplace Miscarriages in Miami, FL
If you recently suffered a miscarriage in Miami, FL, and you feel that your work conditions or employer's actions or inactions or the actions of another employee or employees in the workplace were contributing factors to your miscarriage, you should consult with an experienced workers' compensation attorney to discuss your case. Do not hesitate to contact a qualified attorney if you had a miscarriage that resulted from an on-the-job inury or accident.
The Hoffman Firm is experienced in handling a wide variety of workers' compensation claims, including miscarriages and fatal injuries. Contact the knowledgeable Miami workers' compensation attorneys at The Hoffman Firm at (305) 940-2307 to discuss your case.
Miscarriages in the Workplace in Miami, FL
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “miscarriage” is defined as “the premature loss of a fetus up to 23 weeks of pregnancy and weighing up to 500 grams.
WHO also notes that available studies suggest that after a miscarriage, 30 percent to 50 percent of women experience anxiety symptoms and between 10 percent and 15 percent experience depressive symptoms, which commonly persist for up to four months.
Although the loss of a fetus can occur for natural reasons, occupational hazards and unsafe working conditions can sometimes result in a work-related miscarriage.
Pregnant women face a range of occupational hazards on a daily basis. From exposure to hazardous materials to the potential for injury, pregnant women need to take additional precautions to ensure the safety of themselves and their baby. Unfortunately, not all accidents can be prevented. Listed here are someof the workplace-related causes of miscarriage:
- Slip and fall or trip and fall accidents
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals or pollutants
- Acts of workplace violence
- Exposure to communicable diseases such as Hepatitis or Tuberculosis
- On the job auto accidents
- Trauma to the body, particularly the chest or head
Coping with a Workplace Miscarriage in Miami, FL
After a miscarriage, work-related or otherwise, you need time to heal physically and emotionally. Coping with a work-related miscarriage may result in the need to take time off, receive additional medical attention, or participate in counseling.
Filing a Workers’ Compensation claim within 30 days of miscarriage can help provide much-needed assistance during the recovery process.
In addition to medical care, women who have experienced a miscarriage may be entitled to lost wages benefits, a monetary settlement, or disability payments under Chapter 440 of the Florida Statutes.
World Health Organization (WHO) — Reproductive Health Library — WHO provides valuable information for follow-up and improving psychological well-being for women after a miscarriage.
Through the Heart — Pregnancy Loss Support and Education — Throughtheheart.org is a Washington, D.C.-based non-profit organization that assists with the loss of a pregnancy.
Fertility Plus — Miscarriage Support and Information Resources — Find links to helpful information and support groups related to miscarriage at this website.
Finding a Miami Attorney after a Miscarriage in the Workplace
With offices conveniently located in Miami in Miami-Dade County, Fort Lauderdale in Broward County, and West Palm Beach in Palm Beach County, FL, an attorney at The Hoffman Firm can represent you in a workers' compensation case after a miscarriage related to a occupational hazard. We represent injured workers for workers' compensation claims throughout the City of Aventura, North Miami, Miami-Dade County and the surrounding areas throughout South Florida.
Understanding your options after a work-related miscarriage is always the best place to start. After filing a Workers’ Compensation claim, discuss your case with a qualified legal professional who has experience successfully representing women after a work-related miscarriage. At The Hoffman Firm, we know that this time is emotionally exhausting, so we do everything possible to make the process easy for you from start to finish.
Contact The Hoffman Firm at (305) 940-2307 today to speak with a friendly member of our team.
Evan A. Hoffman
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