Workplace injuries and death are not uncommon. It is the responsibility of employers to ensure a safe environment for their workforce. If injury or death occurs at a place of employment, employers can often be held liable for damages.
All employers have a legal responsibility to protect employees and the public from risks that could exist in the workplace. Depending on state laws, employers should also provide their workers with workers’ compensation insurance, which covers employee medical expenses in case of an injury on the job. Injuries can vary in severity, ranging from those affecting an individual for a couple of weeks to those that are life changing.
Workplace Injury Examples
Workplace injuries – and opportunities for compensation – can occur in different settings, such as:
- When an employee is hurt at their place of employment
- When a worker is injured on the job and a third party, such as a subcontractor or a delivery service, was at fault
- When someone who doesn’t work at a place of business suffers injuries while visiting that business
Within these settings, workplace injuries can occur as a result of:
- Trips and slips
- Falls or being struck by an object that falls
- Forklift accidents
- Accidental poisoning
- Faulty machinery
Compensation options will vary in these three scenarios:
- When someone is injured on the job, workers’ compensation may apply.
- If a third party was responsible, the injured worker may be able to file a personal injury claim against the negligent third party and file a workers’ compensation claim with his or her employer’s work compensation insurer.
- An injury claim at a workplace that is not one’s own place of employment may be the cause for a premises liability claim against that business. For example, a settlement from a slip-and-fall accident at a convenience store amounted to $12.2 million when a woman suffered a brain injury after falling on a piece of raised sidewalk outside the store, which the store did not warn customers about.
Reasons To File A Workplace Injury Lawsuit
Claiming compensation following a workplace injury is a right for most employees. It can also let the employer know about safety issues in the workplace that need to be addressed to prevent future incidents.
While workers’ compensation benefits can help cover your medical treatment and replace some of your lost income when you need time to recover, seeking additional compensation could help you focus on your recovery rather than financial issues.
How PCVA Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury or become ill due to a workplace incident, contact us to learn about your compensation options.
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