I was injured at work but I have a permanent injury to only half of one finger, surgery is not an option, would I qualify for any benefit..

Injury at work, permanent damage .

Asked on September 1, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

You should be eligible for worker's compensation, assuming your employer is paying into worker's compensation, as it should. If worker's compensation is not an option (e.g your employer is not paying into it), you could sue your employer for your out-of-pocket (not paid by insurance) medical costs and some amout (maybe several thousand dollars, or into the low ten thousands, depending on exact impact on your life) for "pain and suffering" for the life impairment IF you can prove your employer was at fault in some way (e.g through excessive or unreasonable carelessness) in causing the injury--to win a lawsuit (as opposed to getting worker's compensation), you must prove fault on the employer's part.

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