When you sustain an injury on the job, your first thought may be to turn to workers’ compensation for benefits. While workers’ compensation helps many people get the care they need, you may not know that you could have a valid work injury claim as well. In a workers’ compensation case, fault is not a factor. However, in a work injury claim, someone acting negligently needs to be the cause of your accident and resulting injuries. To prove negligence, you should have a trusted representative at your side. A Fayetteville work injury lawyer from McMath Woods P.A. will help show how your injuries happened because of someone else’s negligence.
Our lawyers have experience in investigating cases of negligence in the workplace. We’ll carefully review your medical records and account of the accident to discover who acted negligently and how the accident cost you economic and noneconomic damages. While economic damages will cover items like hospital bills and lost wages, noneconomic damages include items like pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. They don’t have a set monetary value attached to them, so having an attorney to review your losses and determine your settlement amount is the best way to get full and fair compensation.
Common Industries Where Work Injuries Happen
A work injury can happen in any profession and cause severe injuries. However, some industries are more dangerous than others:
Healthcare workers have many responsibilities. Taking care of patients and making sure everyone is getting the care they need is a job that requires all their focus. Unfortunately, healthcare workers can sustain serious injuries. If there’s a spill that wasn’t cleaned up or wasn’t marked with a sign, a healthcare worker could severely injury themselves in a slip and fall accident. They may also hurt themselves if they’re lifting a patient.
Food industry workers are also in danger of slip and fall accidents. However, they could also sustain injuries like burns, lacerations, and sprains. Construction workers may get hurt if they’re not trained to operate machinery or if they fall from an unstable ladder. Loggers are also around heavy equipment that requires training, as well as the worksite could have falling and rolling trees. Companies that ignore safety protocols put loggers in danger.
Sanitation workers, such as those who pick up trash, are essential to keeping clean environments. Their job, however, comes with many risks. When they’re collecting trash, cars may drive around the garbage truck and may not slow down or look for sanitation workers, resulting in an accident. Sanitation workers also work in extreme weather. Overexertion could occur in hot temperatures and working in extreme cold can cause illness.
What Kind of Work Injuries Can Occur?
When someone at your workplace is negligent, they can cause many types of injuries. While some may be minor, you will still have medical expenses in addition to taking time off from work to recover. However, your injury could be one that takes months or years to heal and will need extensive care. The injury may prevent you from returning to your job or even the workforce. Some injuries that have the potential to do this are:
- Head Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Chronic Illness
If your injury is catastrophic, we’ll do everything we can so your compensation will help you cover your medical bills as well as the care you’ll need in the future. If you require certain medical equipment to help you remain mobile or complete daily tasks, we’ll fight for your settlement to get the devices that allow you to maintain a high quality of life.
Negligence could also lead to you getting an illness while working. Unfortunately, symptoms of an illness may not present themselves until you have long-term exposure to what caused it. If you work around dangerous chemicals or other hazardous substances, your employer should have protocols and procedures in place to protect workers like you from getting sick. An illness could be untreatable, or treatment may not be for a cure but for extension of life. These situations are highly emotional and difficult for any family to go through. McMath Woods P.A. will help you hold the responsible party accountable for their actions.
Our Lawyers Are Here for You
When a workplace injury puts your life on hold, our lawyers can help you get back on track. We’ll look into your case and determine how your injuries happened and what compensation you’re owed. Call us today so we can start building your case. After we meet in an obligation-free consultation, we can talk about how to move forward.