Landscaper loses big toe, then job, after lawn mower accident

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Florida Workers’ Compensation is set up to protect employees injured on the job; however, one worker who lost his toe to a lawn mower also lost his job after seeking compensation.

Hillsborough County resident William Francis worked for Village Lawn Care for 10 years. In late September of last year, his big toe was cut off in a lawn mower accident.

VLC, owned by Albert Aucoin Jr. of Lutz, is located at 1501 Skipper Road in Tampa.

The day of the accident, he notified VLC of his injury and made a claim for benefits for a work-related injury.

Medical documentation of the accident was provided to his employer Oct. 4 along with the appropriate workers’ compensation paperwork.

Francis was fired Oct. 7, in what he says was retaliation for filing a workers’ compensation claim.

In the Dec. 8 suit, Francis requests the court grant compensation for lost pay, benefits and damages for emotional distress.

The suit does not state who was operating the mower at the time of the accident.