Our network of attorneys offer financial protection for workers who are injured or killed on the job. The system is called workers’ compensation. Under it, an injured worker can recover medical expenses, lost earnings and disability benefits even if the employer didn’t do anything wrong to cause the workplace accident.
There were nearly 2.9 million workplace injuries and nearly 200,000 occupational injuries reported in a single recent year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. More than 4,600 American workers were killed.
Common causes of workplace injuries include:
If the accident occurred on the job and during the course and scope of employment, it will likely be covered by workers’ compensation laws. Workers’ compensation will pay for:
After suffering a workplace injury, you need to make sure that you do two things right away: get yourself medical attention and report your injury to your employer. Certainly, nothing is more important than your health. Emergency medical treatment always comes first. After things have settled down, you need to make sure that you report your injury to your supervisor. Under most state laws, you have an obligation to report your work injury to your employer within 90 days. If you fail to do so, you may lose out on your ability to seek benefits. There are cases where supervisors will try to talk injured workers out of reporting their injuries. This is illegal. If your employer is attempting to intimidate you into not reporting your claim, call a lawyer immediately.
Work injuries come in numerous different forms. The definition of an ‘injury’ for the purposes of workers’ compensation law is quite broad. In fact, you could potentially receive workers’ compensation benefits for:
Beyond establishing that you have a qualifying injury, you must also establish that the injury actually happened at work. This is not always as easy or clear cut as it might seem.
In most states, there are several different types of workers’ compensation benefits. Specifically, injured workers may be entitled to benefits for: