Accidents happen, but sometimes there is no avoiding what can happen at home, on the road, or at work. When workplace accidents occur, sometimes it is because proper precautions were not put in place, or because employees were working in an unsafe environment. No matter who is to blame, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation. Depending on the circumstances, you may also be entitled to a third-party claim. There are a wide range of accidents and therefore, a wide range of injuries that can occur on the job. The most common include:
Repetitive Motion Injuries: This type of injury develops over a long period of time, when you perform the same motion repeatedly. This may be caused by anything from long-term computer use to hammering or using a screwdriver.
Motor Vehicle Accidents: If you are traveling during a work-related activity, whether you are the driver or the passenger, and an accident occurs, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation, and possibly a third-party claim.
Falls: Injuries from a fall can happen during all types of accidents. You may trip and fall because of a slippery surface or a debris-strewn floor. You may fall from a ladder, fall off scaffolding, or fall down a flight of steps.
Struck-by Injuries: These can occur when something falls on you from a high shelf, or when a piece of equipment hits you.
Caught-In/Between Injuries: This type of accident often results in a very serious injury. It may occur when a worker becomes entangled in a piece of equipment or when you are pushed into a wall or heavy equipment. This injury sometimes causes an accidental amputation.
Overexertion Injuries: These types of injuries occur when you strain yourself while pushing or pulling equipment. This is a common injury in warehouse work.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If your Workers’ Compensation claim is approved, you may be entitled to the following benefits:
Medical Care: This includes evaluation, follow-up appointments, treatment, medication, therapy and rehabilitation, surgery, medical equipment, and more.
Lost Wages: You should be entitled to the wages you lost because of your injury, both past and future.
Disability: Depending on the severity of your injury and how you are limited, you may be entitled to temporary partial or total disability, or permanent partial or total disability.
Death Benefits: If a worker dies because of an employment-related injury, that worker’s family may be entitled to funeral and burial expenses, and financial support, which is usually a percentage of the employee’s wages.
Third-Party Claims: When another entity is responsible for your work-related injury, you may be able to file a third-party claim. A third-party claim can provide financial compensation for things like pain and suffering, which are not covered by Workers’ Compensation. Examples of a third-party claim include an injury that occurs on a property your employer does not own, or if you are injured as a subcontractor on a construction site.
Cherry Hill Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks LLP Fight for Your Workplace Rights
If you have been injured on the job, the Cherry Hill Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Pietras Saracino Smith & Meeks LLP can help guide you through the often-complicated Workers’ Compensation process. We know how important your benefits are to you, and we will fight hard to build the strongest case possible for your claim. If you are entitled to a third-party claim, we can handle that too. To learn more, call our legal team at 856-761-3773 or contact us online for a free consultation. Our office is centrally located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout the state.