National Safety Month: Workplace Injuries
Each year, millions of Americans are injured in the workplace. About 3.3 per 100,000 full-time workers were killed on the job in 2014, and an average of 3.2 per 100 workers were injured on the job. In other words, there were over 4,000 on-the-job fatalities that year across the country and more than 3 million reported non-fatal injuries.
Workplace Injuries Can Be Devastating
Being injured on the job can result in catastrophic injuries and even loss of life. Being injured can also impact your career and your ability to support your family. If you have to lose days, weeks or months of time away from work, you could be losing career-advancing opportunities, not to mention your wages and income. In addition, you may have to pay for medical care, rehabilitation and other costs. If you’ve been permanently injured or have lost a limb in a workplace accident, you may have to retrain for a new career or take on lower-paying work temporarily while you adjust your workplace expectations to meet your new abilities.
The cost of a workplace accident can set you back financially. That’s why it’s important to pursue fair compensation — so you can pay for your bills, support your family and move forward with confidence into your future.
Compensation Options After an On-The-Job Injury
If you have been injured while at work, while on workplace property or while engaged in your workplace duties, you likely have access to some type of compensation. If you are a traditional worker — either part-time or full-time — your employer is required by law to pay for workers’ compensation insurance on your behalf. Unless you are a longshoreman, contractor or are otherwise ineligible, workers’ compensation is intended to pay for part of your wages and all of your medical bills while you recover.
To get workers’ compensation, you need to apply. You need to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible and ensure they submit the proper paperwork. You should start receiving checks as soon as your injuries are proven. If there are any delays or any problems with getting workers’ compensation, contact Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm by calling or clicking on our website. Our attorneys can advocate on your behalf.
Other Options After a Workplace Injury
Workers’ compensation is meant to provide you with income and money to help pay your bills while you recover. In most cases, accepting workers’ compensation means you won’t pursue a claim against your employer — even if the employer was responsible for your injuries.
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation may not pay for the total costs of your injuries. In some cases, however, you may be able to pursue a legal claim against a third party if a third party was responsible, through their negligence, for your injuries. If your injuries are permanent, you might also qualify for Social Security disability benefits.
Sorting out whether you have a workplace personal injury claim, workers’ compensation claim or other options can be difficult, especially if you don’t know all the laws. If you’d like assistance learning what rights you have after a serious injury, contact Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm by calling us or clicking on our website.