Workers Compensation Cases
A significant portion of all accidental injuries occur in the workplace. While many work related injuries tend to be minor, more serious injuries - including permanent disability and death - can and do occur. Fortunately, when an injury is sustained in the workplace, workers have a legal right to pursue compensation by making a claim through workers compensation.
If you have been injured in the workplace, you need to ensure that your legal rights are protected. Please contact us today to speak with an experienced workers compensation attorney free of charge.
About Workers Compensation
All employers are required to keep workers compensation insurance. Workers compensation laws exist to protect both the worker and the employer in the event of a work injury. These laws ensure that employees who are harmed while on the job receive proper compensation for their injury, including medical expenses and lost wages. Workers compensation also enables dependents of workers who are killed on the job to receive compensation for their losses.
Some criticize workers compensation because it can restrict a worker who may have been seriously victimized, or very seriously hurt, from seeking larger amounts of compensation if they feel it is due. Workers compensation does limit such lawsuits, but it does not disallow them altogether. A qualified attorney can evaluate your case and determine your eligibility to file an additional personal injury claim.
Injuries Covered by Workers Compensation
Workers compensation covers most injuries a person can sustain while working, including injuries incurred through ones own fault. It does not, however, cover injuries sustained while the worker was intoxicated or under the effect of illegal drugs. Nor does workers compensation cover injuries sustained in the course of a crime. Some of the more common injuries workers compensation does cover are:
- Worsened preexisting injuries, such as back injuries
- Diseases contracted in the workplace due to repeated or prolonged exposure to dangerous substances such as asbestos
- Mental or physical work-related stress
- Injuries caused by machinery
- Slip and fall accidents
- Repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
Injuries sustained during breaks, lunch hours, and while at company-sponsored events are all covered by workers compensation.
Legal Action for a Workers Compensation Case
Workers compensation is a system of laws with guidelines and procedures that vary from occupation to occupation, and from state to state. Those considering seeking workers compensation should seek the counsel of a qualified workers compensation lawyer.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, please contact us for a FREE consultation with an experienced workers compensation attorney who can explain your legal rights, answer your questions, and help you get the compensation you deserve.
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