Have you been seriously hurt at work? You are entitled to receive full justice for the damages associated with your injuries. Workplace accidents work a little differently than other types of injury cases. You are going to receive your compensation through your employer.
To learn more about how you can get financial recovery through workers’ compensation, keep reading. When you are ready to meet with a lawyer about your case, please give our Long Island injury lawyer a call today to set up a free consultation.
Common Workplace Accidents
The most common types of injuries we see in clients that we represent include:
- Slip and falls
- Auto accidents
- Stress injuries from overuse
Many people who do repetitive motions at work are susceptible to injury. When the human body does something over and over, it can cause wear and tear, resulting in injury.
If driving is part of your job, you can have coverage for an auto accident that you are injured in.
In 2019, the percentage of fatalities in workplace accidents was 20% in construction settings. OSHA’s budget per year is typically well over $500 million. They put their resources into trying to prevent falls, scaffolding accidents, training accidents, and more.
While a great majority of severe injuries happen at labor jobs, just about anyone can get hurt at work. Even at the most sedentary office job, someone can trip over a spill in the break room or have a shelf of papers collapse on them and cause an injury serious enough to need time off and cost medical bills.
Third-Party Claims for Workplace Accidents
You are not technically permitted to file a claim against your employer directly for injury. They are going to have worker’s compensation to account for your damages. However, there is still the right to an injury claim if there is a third party involved in your accident.
For example, you have been working on a construction site and got hurt in an accident involving machinery. During an investigation, it was discovered that the machinery was faulty. The manufacturer could be at fault for your injuries. That means you could bring a claim against the manufacturer to cover the costs of your damages.
Another example would be if you were driving your company’s truck to go do some work at a client’s house. During your commute to the client’s house, you are t-boned at an intersection by someone who was texting and driving. You would not only be able to get worker’s compensation because this was in the scope of your job. You would also be allowed to file a claim against the distracted driver who caused your injuries.
When you file a third-party claim, you are entitled to damages that you would not be able to receive from worker’s compensation. These damages include your emotional distress, pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of life quality, loss of consortium, and more. These damages can be incredibly valuable.
Free Consultation with Our Long Island Injury Lawyer
If you have questions about workplace accidents and how you can receive full compensation, please get in touch with us today. We have been working on protecting the rights of our community for many years.
There are a lot of obstacles that can crop up when you are trying to receive full coverage for your damages. Allow us to help you navigate this process. We can make it easy for you. To get started, give us a call today to set up a free consultation.