Every job is rife with inherent risks of injury or exposure to illnesses and diseases. But regardless of those risks, there is also an expectation that safety will be provided by the leaders of that company. They are expected to aid their employees by providing proper training, protective gear, and properly functioning equipment. They must also maintain a clean and proper work environment.
Unfortunately, these are not always provided at the expected standard. Injuries or sickness often occur due to negligent behavior or repeated behaviors that put undue stress on the body. When an employer neglects the safety of their workers, the impacted employee may be entitled to compensation.
Workplace injuries can happen by accident or negligence. Sometimes, even repeated physical movements and behaviors can cause strain and stress on muscles overtime.
If you or a loved one is injured on the job, contact an attorney who is familiar with workers’ compensation laws. They can provide you with the knowledge and experience to help you recover damages you may be owed. Your case may raise many questions, but at Gonzalez Law Firm, we have the answers.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has enacted and enforces certain regulations for health and safety measures. Employers must abide by these rules to protect their employees from injury, illness, and death. Additionally, each employer in their industry is trusted to provide adequate safety measures that are unique to their services. Examples of safety measures include:
These basics, along with other safety measures, are the minimum that an employer should put into practice. Failure to do so may result in being held liable. This also enables an injured employee to file a personal injury or workers’ compensation claim.
It may appear that an injury sustained on the job due to negligence entitles you to file civil litigation against your employer. However, the truth is that workers’ compensation claims and workplace personal injury claims are distinct and must meet specific criteria. In fact, whether there is negligence involved or not, most workplace injury cases will be filed as workers’ compensation. Working with your workers’ compensation attorney, they will advise you on the facts of your case and which path to take based on the level of negligence involved.
Workers’ compensation claims seek to reimburse employees for expenses such as lost wages, medical care, death benefits, and disability. The type of disability depends on the nature of the injury. However, an injured employee may be awarded any of these:
These types of claims occur when an employee is injured at work, even though proper safety measures, training, and procedures were followed. You can also file a claim if you have an injury outside of your place of work and your work aggravates that injury.
In a personal injury claim, you are seeking similar compensation. However, the injury must occur due to some form of negligence. Examples include:
If you are injured on the job, there are several steps you should take. Taking the right measures will maximize the potential outcome of your compensation claim.
Whenever a person finds a job, they do their best to please their employers and earn a living for their families. Whether this job involves working in a factory, an office, or the homes of others, there is a level of safety that employees expect from their employers. Unfortunately, accidents, negligence, and repeated physical movements over time can lead to temporary or permanent injuries in the workplace. When that happens, it is important that you receive the help you need to recover any compensation you are owed.
At the Gonzalez Law Firm, our team of workers’ comp attorneys has extensive knowledge and experience in helping clients receive the compensation they are owed from workplace injuries. We know that each situation is unique, and we make sure to understand the details of your situation to build the best case for you. If you have been injured on the job, get the representation you deserve. Contact our offices today.