When you go to work each day, you expect to be safe. It is the duty of employers to ensure that their workers have the equipment and training necessary. Also vitally important is that employers have workers’ compensation insurance for their employees.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are here to help. If you have been injured at work, you may be eligible for more compensation than you think. We will investigate what happened so we can work to secure coverage for all of your injury-related expenses. When you need a Philadelphia work injury attorney, call us today.
What Happens At Work
Nobody wants an injury to happen at work. Not an employer or their workers. However, work injuries do occur. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were around 2.8 million workplace injuries or illnesses reported during the latest full year of data available.
Workplace injuries and illnesses happen in a variety of ways and some industries are more dangerous than others. However, any worker can sustain an injury. Here is a list of the top ten ways that people get hurt at work:
- Falls on the same level
- Falls to a lower level
- Struck by an object
- Other exertions
- Roadway incidents
- Slip or trip without a fall
- Caught in or compressed by equipment
- Struck against object
- Repetitive motion of micro tasks
You can see that many of those injuries can happen regardless of whether a person works in construction, at a grocery store, or in an office.
Looking at that list, you will see some expected things, injuries that happen due to trauma. However, there are other injuries that happen over time. Repetitive stress injuries and workplace-related mental health illnesses are just as serious as any work injury.
It is up to employers to provide workers with a safe working environment. This includes ensuring that they have the proper training and all necessary equipment for the job.
While workers’ compensation insurance is the main method of compensation for work injuries, there are times when injury causes are disputed by the employer or the insurance company. There are also times when third-party contractors are responsible for injuries. In this case, an injured worker may be able to file a personal injury claim instead of a workers’ compensation claim.
Moving Forward Now
Employers have a duty to keep their workers safe. When they fail to do so and someone gets hurt, they need to be held accountable. If you or a loved one have been injured in a work incident, Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is ready to help ensure you are being treated fairly. You may be eligible for the following:
- Your medical expenses related to the incident
- Lost wages and benefits if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Punitive damages against those responsible