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Helping You Secure Your Workers’ Compensation

Most Florida employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ comp benefits are designed to help cover the costs of lost wages and medical expenses for work-related injuries. If you have been injured on the job, you need an experienced lawyer who knows how to successfully secure the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.

More Than 30 Years Helping Injured Workers

At Christopher J. Smith, P.A., the experienced Tampa workers’ comp attorney has decades of experience assisting injured workers with their claims. I can help ensure your claim is filed correctly and you receive the help you need to get back on your feet and back to work. I have extensive experience helping people with workers’ compensation cases in Tampa and surrounding areas.

I provide a straightforward assessment of your workers’ compensation situation, telling you what you need to hear, not what you want to hear. The benefits of injured workers have eroded more in recent years, and you need a clear assessment of your case. As a workers’ compensation attorney, I represent individuals injured in the course and scope of their employment.

Common Work Injuries And Causes

I have worked with a wide variety of injured workers who have suffered workplace accidents or occupational diseases. Throughout my time as a workers’ comp lawyer, I have helped clients with the following injuries:

Slip-And-Fall Accidents

“Slip-and-fall” is a term used when a person slips or trips and is injured because of an unsafe condition or object. There are many dangerous conditions, like torn carpeting, changes in flooring, poor lighting, narrow stairs, or a wet floor, that can cause someone to slip or fall and be injured.

Broken Bones

A fracture is a broken bone. A bone may be completely fractured or partially fractured in any number of ways (crosswise, lengthwise, in multiple pieces).

Back Injuries

Your back is made of bones, muscles and other tissues extending from your neck to your pelvis.

Heavy-Lifting Injuries

The symptoms following heavy lifting injury will vary depending on the injury sustained. Pain is present in the majority of cases, from discomfort to severe, debilitating pain. Some injuries may be temporary, while other injuries can result in chronic long-term pain.

Burn Injuries

Burns, most commonly caused by fire, can also result from chemicals, electricity and other heat accidents, such as scalding hot water or steam.

Knee Injuries

Your knee joint is made up of bone, cartilage, ligaments and fluid. Muscles and tendons help the knee joint move. When any of these structures is hurt or diseased, you have knee problems. Knee problems can cause pain and difficulty walking.

Eye Injuries

The structure of your face helps protect your eyes from injury. Still, injuries can damage your eye, sometimes severely enough that you could lose your vision. Most eye injuries are preventable. If you play sports or work in certain jobs, you may need protection. The most common type of injury happens when something irritates the outer surface of your eye. Certain jobs such as industrial jobs or hobbies such as carpentry make this type of injury more likely. It’s also more likely if you wear contact lenses.

Carpal Tunnel

The carpal tunnel is a narrow passageway of ligament and bones at the base of your hand. It contains nerves and tendons. Sometimes, thickening from irritated tendons or other swelling narrows the tunnel and causes the nerve to be compressed. Symptoms usually start gradually. As they worsen, grasping objects can become difficult.

Call Today To Learn More About Your Workers’ Comp

The conditions listed above are just a few of the wide range of injuries that can happen while you are in the course and scope of your employment. If you have questions regarding your claim or think you may have a claim for workers’ comp benefits, call me at my Tampa office at 813-513-0327 or send me an email to schedule a free consultation.