Getting Compensation After an Accident
Accidents are unavoidable, and they can also be fatal. These accidents can happen anywhere: at home, on the road, and even at work. Road accidents account for more than million deaths last year, and sometimes those who survive have no choice but to go to a law firm for an accidental injury suit to receive compensation.
In cases of occupational accidents, two million people are injured at work every year in the U.S., at a rate of just over two per 100 full-time workers. In many cases, they are entitled to receive compensation.
But even with health and safety laws in place, accidents in the workplace are still common. One-third of injuries sustained at work cause the individual to take time off to recuperate or result in long-term illnesses. They affect families as well as business productivity. Sadly, 5,190 people lost their lives in workplace accidents in 2016.
Worker’s Compensation Rules
Worker’s compensation rules prevent the worker from suing their employer in the event of an accident. The exclusive remedy rule provides workers with a ‘no-fault’ compensation and limits the remedies available to a worker. This is to protect businesses from large awards against them while giving them a quick financial award. If a third party was implicated in the accident, such as a sub-contractor, the exclusive remedy doesn’t apply.
An exception to this rule is if the employer has intentionally put his employees at risk by ignoring health and safety guidelines, not providing the correct safety equipment (for example, safety goggles or guards, helmets or the appropriate safety signs). Knowingly exposing workers to dangerous chemicals or asbestos is another example. In these cases, the injured party can sue.
Work Injury Damages
If the amount the employer issued could be awarded exceeds that of workers’ compensation, monies can cover medical expenses, vocational rehabilitation fees, loss of earnings and property damage. Worker’s compensation doesn’t include punitive damages or payment for pain and suffering. After reporting the injury to the employer and making a record of it, an accident injury law firm can open a case and help injured employees get the compensation and recognition they deserve.
Accidents can be prevented, but when they happen at work or on the road, it’s best to consult with a lawyer to know what you can do to receive the right compensation.