The cause of a workplace accident matters for compensation claims

On Behalf of | Nov 11, 2016 | Firm News, Workplace Accidents |

Employers have a duty to provide their employees with the safest workplace possible. When employers fail to do so, employees can get into accidents that lead to injuries. Those injuries will often lead to the need for medical care and can often mean the victim has to miss work. In those cases, seeking compensation to help cover missed wages and medical bills is necessary.

We understand that you might be concerned about taking legal action against your employer. Typically, workplace accidents would fall under the workers’ compensation program. This is an insurance program that would pick up the costs of medical care and partial wage replacement. In order to seek these benefits, you would have to apply for them.

Of course, there are cases in which workers’ compensation wouldn’t apply. One example is if the accident was caused by a defective product. Let’s pretend like a worker’s hand was severed by a circular saw because the guard didn’t work properly. That might lead to a product liability claim if the issue with the guard was because of a design defect or an issue that might require the saw to be recalled. If the issue was lack of maintenance on the saw, the third-party lawsuit might not be appropriate.

As you can imagine, it is sometimes difficult to determine what method should be used to seek compensation. We can help you to investigate the accident and determine what can be done. Once we have a plan in place, we will help you to work on advancing the plan so that you can get the compensation you deserve.

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