Collecting Workers’ Compensation for Your Industrial Accident
Thousands of industrial workers endure falls, burns, injured limbs, and toxic exposure every year. In fact, employers notified the Occupational Safety and Health Administration of 10,388 incidents involving severe work-related injuries during 2015 alone. Some of the most frequent industrial accidents include:
- Exposure to chemicals and other toxins.
- Being struck by falling objects.
- Falls from ladders, scaffolding, and roofs.
- Getting caught in or mangled by equipment.
- Fires and explosions.
How Workers’ Compensation Can Help After a Factory Injury
Industrial accidents can lead to injuries that deprive workers of their ability to earn a living and support their families. Employees involved in jobsite accidents are generally eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to help with medical bills, loss of income, and other injury-related expenses. Benefits are provided even when the injury is caused by an employee’s own negligence, since injured workers are entitled to benefits regardless of who is at fault. Workers’ compensation also covers work-related ailments and illnesses developed over a long time period, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or back problems resulting from repetitive movements.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
An injured employee generally must report an accident within 90 days of its occurrence in order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the circumstances, an injured worker may be entitled to receive:
- Lost wages.
- Medical benefits.
- Temporary disability benefits.
- Permanent disability benefits.
- Additional benefits for amputees and those who suffer from hearing or vision loss.
- Death benefits.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Employers and workers’ compensation insurers routinely reject legitimate claims, since they’re counting on the fact that many workers won’t bother to appeal. Unfortunately, they’re usually correct. Up to 80% of injured workers simply accept the denial of their claim.
If you’ve been hurt at work, you may find that you have to fight for the compensation you need and deserve. Laws governing workers’ compensation can be confusing and complex, but you don’t have to face them alone. To get help with your workers’ compensation claim, contact the law offices of Steve M. Lee, P.C., by clicking the Live Chat button on this page.