Hurt at work? Here’s What to Do
Despite one’s best efforts, at some point, one may end up hurt at work. When though, is an employer responsible?
In 2019, private industry workers incurred 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses, so the likelihood that this could happen to you or a loved one is pretty high. It simply is not always the case that your employer is blatantly and obviously liable for the work-related injury. If you are hurt at work, you’ll need the aid of an experienced attorney. There are very dangerous and laborious industries that involve people risking their safety every day. Even while taking the most precautions possible, there are still a lot of things that can be out of their control.
For instance, your average worker might be responsible for day-to-day activities whether at an office or construction site, and they’re supposed to manage themselves and how they interact with the equipment or supplies they work with. But if someone higher up equipped them with tools that were not made well, and the misuse of them could end in a catastrophic injury, this isn’t the fault of the worker but the employer who allowed there to be faulty equipment in the workplace. Even injuries relating to over-exhaustion can be the result of poor workplace conditions.
Insurance companies will want to make arguments that support the claim that the injured party was primarily at fault, so they can avoid paying for damages. An attorney will fight for your right to the compensation you deserve which could include not only medical bills but also lost wages. There are a lot of different cases where an employee can suffer an injury while working, and some have more gray areas than others, which is why it’s good to have a law firm on your side. For example, if you have to drive for work, and get involved in an accident, it might not be so simple to figure out which party is at fault. But if you can prove it was not due to your negligence, and you were driving the car as part of your job, then a court may make the employer liable. This is just one example of a rare case, but each claim varies from person to person.
If you’re involved in a work-related injury, you might want to consult with a law firm like Brotman Nusbaum Ibrahim & Adelman. They can assist with cases of Negligence, Accidents, Catastrophic Injury, and Slip and Fall, as these are all very common cases revolving around a work-related injury. Call us for a free consultation at 561-417-5656.