Injury at Work Rights
By Mike Stetzer
For individuals who suffer an injury at work, determining one’s legal rights becomes extremely important. Often, an injury at work may entitle an employee to file a personal injury lawsuit or a worker’s compensation claim. Both options are designed to provide compensation for injuries, losses and damages that result from the injury.
In brief, injured workers have rights, but you may need to take action to protect them. Worker’s compensation is a type of insurance that gives payments to workers to help remedy an injury they suffered on the job.
For more information on your injury at work rights and how to protect them, speak with a local personal injury lawyer. You can get a free case evaluation with a lawyer near you when you complete the form on this page.
Worker’s Compensation Rights
As mentioned above, many on-the-job injuries lead to successful worker’s compensation claims. By filing for worker’s comp, an injured worker may be able to receive payments for medical bills and lost time at work.
In order to be eligible to file a claim, though, a few requirements must be met. These include:
- Insurance coverage. The employer, whether it is an individual or a company, must carry worker’s compensation insurance. Many fields of employment require this.
- Employment. A filer must be an active employee at the time of the injury.
- Injured on the job. The cause of the injury or illness must have been related to the injured person’s work.
In addition to these basic requirements, some special rules may apply to people in particular fields of employment, such as agricultural or seasonal workers.
If, for some reason, you are not eligible to file a worker’s compensation claim, you may be able file a personal injury lawsuit, depending on local laws and the nature of your injury.
Either way, it's important to know that you have rights. In fact, you may to get answers from an injury attorney before you sign or agree to anything with an insurance company or your employer.
Injury at Work Statistics
If you have been injured at work, you are certainly not alone. The statistics on worker’s safety reveal that millions of Americans suffer injuries at work every year.
Take, for example, employment statistics from 2009. According to statistics compiled by the U.S. Department of Labor, that year saw:
- 3,277,000 reported workplace injuries at private businesses
- 965,000 cases involving missed time at work
- 379,340 cases involving sprains, strains, or tears
- 195,210 back injuries at work
- 212,760 incidents of serious falls
- 4,340 on-the-job fatalities
For more information on worker's compensation in your line of work or on a personal injury case, contact an injury attorney in your area today.
The above summary is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice. For legal advice on your particular situation, consult a personal injury attorney in your area.