You get hurt at work and you have to use your time and your health insurance to go to the doctors. Now you may have permanent scars or may have to take a lower-paying job. Workers' comp can help you pay for your medical bills and recover your damages.
However, if you can prove that another person or party was at fault or negligent, and caused your personal injuries, you can file a personal injury claim for compensatory damages and damages for pain and suffering. A worker in the transportation and logistic industry injured while on the job may be able to successfully file a personal injury claim or lawsuit against:
- The product manufacturer when the injury involves a defective product
- A third-party that doesn't work for the company when the injury was caused by that party's negligence
Who Can Be Sued?
Proving the liability of the defendant in a logistic & transportation injury case can be a difficult procedure. Our experienced attorney from The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary invests in your case's investigation and expertise to recover compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses, and other personal care costs. The liable parties that may be held accountable for your injury include but are not limited to:
- The shipper of goods
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies
- Truck makers
- Vehicle repair shops
- Government bodies
An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you navigate the legal mazes that crop up when one has to deal with an accident claim. Insurance companies like to employ all types of strategies and in the end, they manage to pay you the least amount possible. To secure the personal injury settlement that you deserve, don't go alone into a battle against a company with way more resources and experience than you. Contact us to better understand your case, evaluate your legal options, and determine which one is the most suitable for your situation.
A few Fine Points on the Logistics and Transportation Industry
Florida ranks 2nd among the US transportation systems and it has the 2nd widest Free Trade Zone in the country. Florida's Chamber of Commerce provides interesting details about the annual complex movements in the transportation industry:
- 106,4M tons of cargo are transported through 15 ports
- 98M tons of freight are moved on 2.700 miles of railways
- 103,9B vehicles are used at traveling by the highway system
- Space launching operations from two commercially accredited spaceports
Florida's logistics and transportation industry has known numerous improvements and modernizing programs. There are four main sections in this industry:
- Value-Added Logistics and Services (VALS)
- Specialized Logistics IT
- Defense Logistics
- Wholesale & Transportation
Value-added logistics companies in Florida include:
- CEVA Logistics
- Jagged Peak
- PSS World Medical
- Ryder Systems, Inc.
Specialized logistics IT companies in Florida include:
- Air-Transport IT Services, Inc.
- Amadeus North America
- Data2Logistics, LLC
Defense logistics companies in Florida include:
- Honeywell Technology Solutions, Inc.
- Lockheed Martin GTL
- Northrop Grumman Training and Simulation Group
- Raytheon WSS
Wholesale trade and transportation companies in Florida include:
- Brightstar Corporation
- Landstar Systems, Inc.
- Quality Distribution, Inc.
Due to the increasing population, hundreds of jobs were created in Florida's multi-modal transportation network. A great range of products valued at more than $165B migrates annually across the state's seaports, shipping ports, and international airports.
Florida has a tremendous workforce and is a reliable service provider of our national economy. The 15.357 transportation and warehousing companies are occupied by 224.958 employers with average retribution of $47.788. More than 326.776 people are employed in 42.192 Wholesale Trade companies with a $64.272 salary on average.
Logistics & distribution companies cover a big lane of economic services due to their unique areas of excellence:
- Trade finance and insurance
- Reverse logistics
- Packing and crating
- Customer computer instructing
- Management training and solutions
- Air cargo shipments
- Training and simulation
- Space systems logistics
- Marine prepositioning systems
- Fleet management
When speaking about costs per logistics & distribution services, Florida has a reasonable tax system and the lowest income tax rate, ranking the 1st among the other important national markets from California, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
How to Recover Damages After a Logistics and Transportation Industry Work-Related Injury
Just like after any other personal injury, when you've been injured during a workplace accident in the transportation or logistics industry you're entitled to seek compensation for damages so that you can resume your life as it was before the accident.
Seeking the appropriate compensation after a workplace accident may be vital to your life. But injured workers often accept extremely low settlement offers from defendants trying to settle the accident for as little money as they possibly can. It's important to remember that the adverse parties are going to work to settle your accident and quickly close your case.
You can pursue personal injury claims for compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills
- Surgery and other medical treatment costs
- Rehabilitation fees and procedures
- Lost income during an incident
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Disfigurement and permanent scarring
- Mental and emotional suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
In certain cases, the injured victim's family may seek compensation for loss of consortium, which means that their spouse or parent can no longer provide the same level of companionship, care, love, affection, that they could before the accident.
In certain rarer and extreme situations, you may also recover punitive damages. For example, if a company acted in a way that intended to cause harm or in a way that they should have known would have caused harm. Punitive damages' role is to punish a company financially and discourage them from similar actions in the future.
Prospective personal injury clients often ask what the attorney's fee is going to be and who is going to pay it. At our law firm, we, like most plaintiff personal injury firms, handle cases on a contingency fee basis. What this means is that you are charged an attorney's fee only when we recover money in your case. If you've sustained personal injuries and damages as a result of someone else's negligence, our skilled and knowledgeable attorney will be able to formulate a contingency fee agreement that is fair for everyone involved.
If you do not recover anything in your case via settlement, judgment, or jury verdict, you will not be charged any money under a contingency fee agreement. As such, your personal injury attorney has a tremendous incentive to work hard on your case and get a favorable settlement or jury verdict for you.
The personal injury attorney at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary specializes in catastrophic injury cases and has years of experience with all types of workplace accident claims. Our reputation for representing our clients is evident in our everyday diligent work toward maximizing our clients' settlement offers and jury verdicts. Rest assured, at The Law Offices of Sean M. Cleary, your personal injury case will be handled with the utmost importance. You will never be pressured to take an unreasonable settlement offer, as our lawyer is ready and willing to take the case as far as necessary when the settlement offer isn't a fair one.