You get up and go to work each day to support your family. Maybe you love your job, maybe you don’t. But it pays the bills and keeps food on the table. Getting injured while working, though, was never part of the plan.
Workplace injuries can change your life in an instant. If you were injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. The attorneys at Curtis Legal Group are here to help you.
What is a workplace injury?
Employees are entitled to a safe work environment. Despite this right, accidents happen every single day. A workplace injury is one that happens while you are in the work environment, whether you are in the office or working out in the field. And it is considered a workplace injury when it happens as a result of events that take place at work.
Physical injuries can be the result of falling or being hit by a dropped piece of equipment, or due to faulty machinery, a coworker’s improper use of the machinery, or lifting something too heavy, among other causes. Injuries can be caused to the muscles, tendons, and bones throughout your body.
Repetitive Stress Injuries (RSI) are common in the workplace for those who perform the same task over and over. Carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common RSIs, and those working in factories and plants also often overwork the same muscles every single day leading to an overuse injury.
Occupational illness is another workplace injury that affects primarily those in the healthcare industry or those subjected to questionable conditions, such as factory workers and miners. Illnesses like asbestosis, COPD, or contagious disease are examples of occupational illnesses.
What do you do if you are injured on the job?
If you have suffered a workplace injury, getting medical attention should be your top priority. For serious injuries, call 911. For those less severe, seek medical treatment as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the harder it may be to prove your case is work-related, so the sooner you seek treatment, the better.
Once you are safely under medical care and/or your condition is stable, let your employer know what happened. It is best if this is done in writing so that nothing can be misconstrued. If your manager or coworkers saw what happened, it is still important to document the event in writing on your end. The notice should state the injury, when and where it happened, and who you are seeking medical treatment from.
If your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, then they will likely give you the forms needed to file for relief. It is important to note that workers’ compensation benefits do not provide you with the opportunity to receive financial compensation in the form of punitive damages or damages for pain and suffering.
Hiring an experienced legal team to handle your workplace injury may help you get the compensation that you and your family deserve.
California Workplace Injury Lawyers
The professional and experienced legal team at Curtis Legal Group is ready to fight for you. We know that you are going through a challenging time that has impacted your income and your overall life. And navigating the waters through workers’ compensation claim forms can be overwhelming when you aren’t feeling your best.
You deserve more compensation than the insurance will cover. Let us go to fight for you to get you the compensation you need from all responsible parties, not just your employer.
If you have suffered a workplace injury – whether physical, occupational illness, repetitive stress, or something else – let us carry the burden of making sure you are taken care of while you recover. Contact Curtis Legal Group today at 1-800-LAW-3080. We are here to fight for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I was injured on the job but someone other than my employer is responsible?
Depending on what you do for work, you may encounter situations when you must deal with third parties. And, you may find yourself injured as a result of it. This happens more frequently than you think. For instance, a customer, outside subcontractor or vendor, or even the manufacturer of faulty equipment may be to blame for your workplace injury.
The legal team at Curtis Legal Group can move forward with a third-party lawsuit so that you receive the best outcome possible.
How do I know who is at fault for my workplace injury?
If you were injured at work, you need to focus on getting well. Our job is to get to the bottom of what happened and determine fault. Although it may not be immediately clear who is responsible, defective equipment, negligent protocols, and interference by third parties may be to blame and a personal injury lawyer can investigate and determine which parties can be held legally responsible for your damages.
When should I report the accident to my employer?
You should always report the injury to your employer immediately. This should be followed up with written notice of the accident, as well. Be sure to provide this notice in writing no more than thirty (30) days from the incident or you could risk losing your workers’ compensation benefits.
How long does a workplace injury case take?
There is no definitive answer to the question of how long a workplace injury claim can take because there are so many variables at play. There are settlement negotiations, the filing of a lawsuit, alternative dispute resolution, trial, and lots of back and forth between parties. The entire process could wrap up quickly with a great settlement, it could take a couple of months to resolve, or it could last for several years.
Your attorney should be able to review your case and give you a clearer timeline specific to the facts of your situation.
Who can I call if I have been injured at work?
If you have suffered an injury at your workplace, contact Curtis Legal Group at 1-800-LAW-3080 for a free and confidential consultation to learn more about your legal rights how we can help you recover financial compensation.