Whether you are working construction or in an office, you expect your workspace to be safe. You go to this place every day for hours at a time. You get your job done and expect everyone around you to do the same. However, sometimes accidents happen. Unfortunately, people can get injured while at work. Hazards can come in all different shapes and sizes. There are laws in place that can help you seek justice for your injuries. If you’re involved in a workplace accident that has left you injured, you should seek legal counsel. As an employee, you have the right to remain safe in your workspace. Someone may be held accountable for your accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured at work, there are a few options to consider when pursuing a case. First, make sure to get medical attention for your injuries. This will ensure your health and it documents your injuries. When your injuries are documented, it makes it easier to argue your case against another party involved. Then contact an attorney to weigh your next best steps.
How does workers’ compensation function?
Workers’ compensation is a system put in place to support employees after they have endured an accident at their place of work. When you are injured while on the job, it will provide the funds needed to pay for your medical bills. It also covers a percentage of the wages you lost due to your absence, resulting from your injury. If you decide to file for workers’ compensation, you are giving up the right to bring a lawsuit against your employer for the accident. Even if your employer acted in a negligent way, you cannot proceed with legal action against them once you file for workers’ compensation.
Once workers’ compensation is in effect, a time is allotted for your recovery. Throughout this recovery period, the compensation should remain consistent. If possible, you should be able to return to work at the end of the recovery period.
Who is to blame?
When it comes to injuries at work, it can be difficult to find out who should be held responsible. The incident could cause your employer to be held accountable or a third party. Although workers’ compensation protects your employer from being targeted, a third party is not protected in the same way. Third parties can include providers of safety equipment, defective parts and landlords of the property.
If a third party is involved, you can take legal action against them. When involving a third party, workers’ compensation can get more complicated. If you are receiving workers’ compensation and win a lawsuit against a third party, you may have to pay them back. This means that you may have to repay the workers’ compensation support that was provided to you through your employer’s insurance coverage.
MW&M is comprised of an experienced team of attorneys focusing on legal matters of personal injury, workers’ compensation, Social Security Disability, product liability, and wrongful death in Delaware. If you require an effective attorney to guide you through these difficult legal matters, contact MW&M today to schedule a free case evaluation.