If you have been injured on the job, a work injury attorney can help you navigate a workers’ compensation claim or third party lawsuit to obtain compensation to cover your losses. Each year millions of people are injured in the workplace. In fact, the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries occurred at private employers in 2016. Many of those people suffered devastating injuries and they deserve compensation. Call Brylak Law today at (866) 496-3815 to find out how we can help you with a work injury claim.
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Most private employees are covered by insurance in case they are injured on the job. That insurance is workers’ compensation. It provides payment for medical expenses and a portion of wages while you’re unable to work after an injury.
In order to qualify for workers’ compensation, you must have been injured while engaging in activities related to your job. If your employer feels you were not working at the time of your injury, your claim may be denied. Many claims are invalidly denied. Let our work injury attorney help you make a claim that presents all the information necessary to get compensation.
Third Party Lawsuit vs. Workers’ Compensation Claim
Although you may be covered by workers’ compensation, you may also be able to obtain compensation through a third party lawsuit. In instances where you are not covered by workers’ compensation, a third party lawsuit may be your only option. A skilled work injury attorney can evaluate your situation and explain your legal options.
A third party lawsuit would be made against someone other than your employer. For example, if someone other than a coworker caused your injuries, you may be able to sue the person responsible. Car crashes and faulty equipment are often the fault of someone other than your employer or a coworker.
Types of Work Injuries
Work injuries are common and can be devastating. According to the BLS, sprains, strains, and tears are most common, amounting for nearly 30 percent of all work injuries. Cuts, lacerations, and punctures are also common, amounting to about 15 percent of all work injuries. Soreness and fractures also rank high on the work injury frequency list.
Other common types of work accident injuries include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Repetitive movement injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Neck and head injuries
- Vision and hearing injuries
When you hire our work injury attorney, we will review your medical records and determine how much money you may be able to recover.
Fatal Work Injuries
In the past 15 years, fatal work injuries have declined by about 8 percent. However, Hispanic worker injuries have increased by nearly 80 percent. Many employers fail to properly train employees in safety methods, especially when there is a language barrier. There are many causes for fatal work injuries.
If your loved one suffered a fatal injury at work, a work injury attorney can help you. You need to take this time to mourn your loved one. However, this is a very important time to begin gathering evidence and building a case. We can guide you through the process while you focus on moving forward with life.
A Work Injury Attorney Can Help You With a Claim
Whether you need to make a workers’ compensation claim or file a third party lawsuit, Brylak Law can help. Our work injury attorney will listen to your story and help you build your case. We will conduct an independent investigation and determine how much compensation you may be able to obtain. Call us today at (866) 496-3815.