As an employee, you have the right to be paid for the time you work, to be safe from negligence, and to otherwise have a workplace that is free from harassment. However, that does not mean that you are always as safe as you should be. If you have suffered an injury due to an employer’s negligence, you might have legal recourse. Keep reading to learn more or contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free case evaluation.
No Workplace Can Be 100% Free from Accidents
The truth is that no matter what an employer does, you will never be 100% free of the chance of an accident at work, because you will never be this free from accidents anywhere. That said, this does not mean that they have no requirements to keep you safe. They are required to offer proper training, to create and enforce safety procedures, and to follow all guidelines as laid out by OSHA.
Your employer must maintain a work environment that is clean and reasonably safe. They must take reasonable measures to protect people who work for them. If they fail to meet these standards, and an employee is injured, then this is employer negligence.
Employer Negligence Can Affect Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Many people who are the victim of employer’s negligence do not recover compensation for all the damages they could because they automatically file a workers’ compensation claim. These claims are often the right choice because they are available to anyone who was injured on the job – no matter how caused the accident. Even if a person causes their own accident, they can collect workers’ compensation.
The issue is that workers’ compensation does not cover all damages. Compensation could include payment for medical costs, temporary or permanent disability payments, or a lump sum payment. If you were to file a personal injury lawsuit instead, you could also receive compensation for all your lost wages (including future lost wages), along with compensation for pain and suffering. That said, a personal injury lawsuit can be more complicated because you will be required to prove that your employer was negligent and that this negligence caused your injuries.
Call Us Today to Find Out What Your Options Are
Depending on the type of injury you suffered, the seriousness of that injury, and the evidence you have of who and what caused that injury, a workers’ compensation claim might be the right option. In other instances, it might be better for you to file a personal injury lawsuit. Your best choice to find out what is right is to contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.