Injury at work




Injury at work

When people experience a mild, severe or fatal injury at work, they (or their families) will be entitled to compensation.

While worker's compensation laws set fixed amounts of compensation for those injured at work, it's also possible for affected individuals to file a personal injury lawsuit to win settlements for injuries related to an employer's or co-worker's negligence or recklessness.

Currently, federal laws governing worker's compensation benefits vary from state to state. However, for certain, particularly dangerous industries, Congress has passed federal statutes governing compensation for work injuries.

These specific nation-wide laws include the:

• Black Lung Benefit Act, aimed at compensating coal miners who develop pneumonconiosis (black lung)

• Federal Employees' Compensation Act (FECA), intended to look out for federal employees injured at work

• Federal Employment Liability Act (FELA), geared towards protecting railroad workers who experience injuries at work

• Federal Jones Act, focused on compensating seamen and maritime workers injured, disabled or killed on the job

• Longshore and Harbor Worker Compensation Act (LHWCA), aimed at protecting and compensating maritime workers not covered by the Jones Act.

How Work Injuries Occur

Although an injury at work can be caused by an infinite number of situations, most commonly, people are injured at work when they:

• are exposed to toxic substances, such as asbestos and benzene
• are given defective products or machines to work with
• are not given the proper safety training and/or safety equipment
• are under a falling object (Such as when mechanics are under cars that fall off their lifts.)
• develop a chronic condition due to repetitive motion on the job
• get in a car, bus or truck accident while working
• slip and fall as a result of dangerous conditions in the workplace

Types of Work Injuries

Typical types of work injuries include:

• abrasions or lacerations (bruises or cuts)
• back injuries
• brain damage
• burns
• carpal tunnel syndrome (or other repetitive motion injuries)
• concussion
• fractures
• hearing or vision loss
• loss of limb
• muscle strains or spasms
• spinal cord injuries
• whiplash

While these work injuries vary in severity, it's vital that injured workers seek emergency medical care to prevent further complications and, in the worst cases, death.

How to Start a Work Injury Lawsuit

Following necessary medical treatments, injured workers should set up an initial legal consultation with a work accident lawyer. During this meeting, affected workers can:

• Find out if they have a legal claim.
• Learn more about the statutes of limitations and worker's compensation laws in their state.
• Get a better understanding of the process associated with filing and winning personal injury lawsuits.
• Find out about settlements in cases similar to their own.
• Get advice about whether they should file an individual or class-action claim (based on their individual circumstances and needs).

Have you been injured at work? Or has your loved one died at work? If so, contact us today to talk to an experienced work accident attorney who will evaluate your claim and fight to recover compensation for your losses.

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