If you’ve been injured at your place of employment, you may have been told that the only compensation you are eligible for will come from your workers’ compensation insurance. While this is the general rule, there are many exceptions in which you may be able to file a claim for damages caused by your injuries. For example, if you were injured due to faulty equipment you were required to use, you may be able to bring a products liability action against the manufacturer of that equipment.
Workplace accidents by nature can be very complex. This is why workplace accident victims should know their rights. If you or someone you care about has suffered injuries due to a work-related accident you were involved in, you may be entitled to compensation to help cover medical expenses, loss of income and more. At Hogan Injury, our personal injury attorneys understand that workplace accidents cause thousands of on-the-job injuries each year in California.
Like most states, California requires employers to have workers’ compensation insurance that provides benefits to employees who suffer work-related injuries and illnesses. While most injuries occurring on the job are covered by Workers’ Compensation, when the negligence of another causes an injury or illness, then a claim of personal injury may need to be filed. And, because workers’ compensation payouts are often small, they do not always cover all the expenses incurred by the injured party.
How Hogan Injury Can Help
The personal injury attorneys at Hogan Injury provide legal advice and courtroom representation for workers and their families in cases involving workplace related accidents. We have experience handling work related injury claims involving:
- Construction site accidents
- Factory accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Auto accidents
- Environmental hazards
- Fatal accidents and wrongful death
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses occurred in the United States in 2012 alone. In addition, there were more than 4,300 work related injuries in 2012 that resulted in fatalities.
Types of Workplace Injuries
All types of injuries are possible in a workplace accident ranging from non-serious injuries to devastating, life-changing injuries. Among the most common types of injuries suffered in work related accidents include:
- Back injuries
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Inhalation Injuries including CO poisoning and cyanide poisoning
- Contusions and lacerations
- Crush injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Overexertion injuries
Action to Take If You’ve Been Injured in a Workplace Accident
If you’ve suffered a workplace injury, it’s crucial that you report the incident to your employer immediately. However, we strongly advise you not to speak with any insurance company representative nor sign any insurance documents without first speaking to an experienced workplace accident lawyer from Hogan Injury. We advise this because unfortunately, employers and insurance companies are out to protect themselves from liability. We can help protect your rights and safeguard your best interests.
We provide a No Fee Representation Service which means you don’t pay us unless you win your case. This equates to you having nothing to lose and everything to gain by contacting us. We will speak with you to find out what happened, how you were injured and the extent of your injuries to help us determine if you do have grounds to pursue a claim. If you are eligible for compensation, we will work hard to help you obtain the compensation you both need and deserve.