What is workers' compensation?
Workers' compensation is designed to compensate injured employees who are injured during the course and scope of their employment. Examples of the types of injuries which can be compensated include injuries sustained by a construction worker at a job site, a factory worker who is injured while using machinery in a factory, employees who slip and fall on ice on their employer's parking lot and employees who are injured in a motor vehicle accident during work hours.
What type of compensation can an injured worker receive?
An employer's workers' compensation insurance carrier pays for items such as medical treatment and lost wages if the employee is injured, as well as specific benefits if the employee sustains any permanent disability to a specific body part, along with wage differential if the injured employee returns to work and cannot earn as much money as he could before he was injured. In addition, people who are victims of workplace accidents may also be able to file a lawsuit against negligent third parties as a result of the workplace injury in order to compensate the victim for his pain, suffering and disfigurement, in addition to the medical costs and wage loss which may be compensated by the workers' compensation carrier.
Who is entitled to file a workers' compensation claim?
If you or a family member has been injured at work, you should be able to pursue a workers' compensation claim. In addition, you may also be entitled to bring a claim against a negligent third party if your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer. An example of this would be if an employee slips and falls in the parking lot of his employer's property, he may be able to bring a third party action against the company that was responsible to maintain the parking lot.
It is important that you contact an experienced attorney to help you make a claim for workers’ compensation if you were injured at work. Without the advice of an experienced attorney you may not recover as much as you otherwise might be entitled to.
Attorney Michael P. Foley, Jr. handles both workers' compensation and personal injury cases and has recovered numerous settlements for injured workers and occupational injury victims.
If you would like more information about how to proceed with a workplace injury lawsuit or claim for workers' compensation benefits, please fill out the consultation form or call us at (203) 250-7212. We will be able to consider your particular situation and help you decide whether to file a personal injury and/or wrongful death claim as well as a claim for Workers' Compensation benefits.