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Workplace Injury

While some accidents on the job may be unavoidable, they are sometimes the result of negligence on the part of your employer (or another party). Some expenses associated with a workplace injury are covered by an employer’s insurance, but if you’ve been injured at work, it’s important to pursue all avenues of compensation.

Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you might be able to pursue a claim in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits.  For example, workers are often injured in the workplace as a result of actions not by their employer, but by third-party contractors – which allows for another avenue to pursue compensation.

Injuries at work often leave you with medical bills, decreased income from time off work, and even long-term health issues. It’s important to take these aspects seriously, so you can obtain full and fair compensation and continue to pay your bills while leading a full, happy life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Notify your employer as soon as possible to give them a chance to make a claim with their workers’ compensation provider. Then, see a doctor and follow their care instructions for your injury. Your health is your first priority, so make sure that you are under the care of a physician for your condition.

If your employer fails to purchase workers’ compensation insurance, you may be able to sue in civil court for your injuries. It’s also possible to make a claim against a state fund for injured workers of uninsured companies. You can request damages for pain and suffering, but unlike workers’ compensation claims, you will have to prove fault on the employer’s part. Contact an attorney as soon as possible to explore your options.

The main types of damages are known as compensatory damages – economic damages and non-economic damages. Economic damages are based on tangible, objective expenses, like medical bills, lost income, or property damage. Non-economic damages are more subjective. They include things like pain and suffering, mental anguish, and lost enjoyment of life. Punitive damages – awarded in cases where the defendants actions were particularly egregious – are meant to punish the defendant and deter this type of conduct. They are rarely granted, but can be large when they are.

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