According to the United States Department of Labor, nearly 2.9 million people fell victim to nonfatal workplace injuries and illness each year, and 5,190 were killed on the job in 2016. If you are one of them, or had a family member who lost his or her life, then it is imperative that you know your legal rights.
Speaking to a personal injury lawyer is your first step to recovering compensation for the physical, mental, and emotional suffering you have endured due to a workplace injury. While you have probably been informed that your injury will be handled through workers’ compensation, this may not be enough. At Bye, Goff & Rohde, we have over 180 years of combined experience helping those injured in the workplace and are determined to ensure that you are getting everything you are entitled to.
Common Workplace Injuries
Some of the most common workplace injuries include:
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Highway and work zone accidents
- Electrical shock and electrocution
- Heavy duty machinery accidents (forklifts, cranes, power tools)
- Heavy duty machinery accidents due to improper servicing/maintenance
- Falls, slips, and trips
What are Your Legal Rights?
Every employer has the legal responsibility to keep the workplace up to a certain standard of safety. This means marking unsafe items, ensuring employees are properly trained and equipped with safety equipment, and maintaining the workplace environments. If you are injured in the workplace, you can suffer serious life-threatening repercussions. Not only is your health on the line but your future income as well.
If you or someone you love has suffered a workplace injury, the most important thing to remember is that there is always hope for recovery and improvement. It may take time, patience, and a complete life adjustment, but, with the right attitude and the right financial assistance, anything is possible. Bye, Goff & Rohde is a personal injury law firm that can help you and your family get back on the right track.
A workplace injury lawsuit can help you recover damages for:
- Loss of income as well as projected loss of income
- Loss of quality of life
- Emotional suffering
- Therapy (occupational, physical, etc.)
- Childcare expenses and career expenses
- Medications and other medical expenses
- Medical equipment needed for the house and the car
Workers’ Compensation is Often Not Enough
Workplace injuries can be quite complex, especially as you are supposed to be covered by workers’ compensation. All companies must include workers’ compensation in their regulations; however, if faced with a serious or long-term injury in the workplace, workers’ compensation is often not enough. Furthermore, most insurance companies will not pay for your full damages including medications, doctor and specialist visits, and/or complete loss of income.
Another issue regarding workers’ compensation claims is that the insurance agency is not on your side. They will try everything in their power to avoid making payouts to the injured parties. This can be frustrating, stressful, and hurtful, to say the least.
It is important that you speak to someone who is on your side in the legal profession – an injury lawyer can be that someone. Call Bye Goff & Rohde today at (800) 607-3030.