Getting hurt on the job isn’t a situation any of us would want to experience. Unfortunately, accidents happen and when an employee is hurt due to a work injury, he or she will have many things to overcome like medical bills and lost wages. However, workers’ compensation does not necessarily cover everything, and depending on the intensity and type of injury sustained, you may be able to pursue additional legal action.
Here at Mitch Grissim & Associates, we have many years representing victims of work injury and if you’re in need of a workers’ comp attorney, we can help. You can start by browsing the below information to learn more about the different options you have.
Alternatives to Suing Your Employer
In many cases, when an employee is injured on the job, he or she can claim workers’ comp from their employer to help get them, or their family, by until they are ready to return to work back to work. If the employer does not offer workers’ comp, however, you may be able to sue your employer in civil court to compensate for your medical expenses and lost wages.
If your injury was the result of a defective product, toxic substance, or third party, for example, you may need to look elsewhere for compensation. If you’re not sure who is at fault for your work injury, ask a workers’ comp attorney for help.
When machinery or equipment fails due to manufacturing issues, you can consider that product defective and the manufacturer would be the one liable. The only way an employer could also be looped into this situation is if he or she knew about the defective product. Otherwise, the manufacturer would most likely be responsible for medical expenses, lost wages, and other bills.
Many workers must deal with toxic substances due to the nature of their work and these toxins can cause very severe illnesses or injuries. Common harmful substances include: asbestos, benzene, chromium compounds, radium, and silica. These toxins can result in either acute injuries, which show up immediately, or latent injuries, which build over time, such as cancer. Latent injuries can be more difficult to prove so it is important to start talking to an attorney if you suspect possible injury.
When employees are injured on the job due to a third party, the employee may be able to sue the third party for any damages or injury. Certain factors may prevent this, however, so it is always best to check with an attorney first.
Contact a Workers’ Comp Attorney to Learn More
For most employees, workers’ comp is enough to help individuals deal with lost wages and medical bills while they recover, but not all injuries are created equally. Depending on the severity of your injuries, workers’ comp might not be enough. This is when having a workers’ comp attorney can prove very helpful.
For more information on what legal options you have available to you following a workplace accident, contact Mitch Grissim & Associates for help.