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“Just don’t assume whatever your employer tells you regarding your rights under what the statute are, that you’re only entitled to that [is false].”
What should you do if you were injured at work? Is workers’ comp your only option? Do you need an attorney to file a workers’ comp claim, or can you handle it on your own?
Jasper Abbott is an attorney with Warshauer Law Group, P.C. in Atlanta. In this video, he explains the options available to you if you’re injured at work.
To learn more, contact the attorney directly by calling 888-981-5602 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
If you are injured by an industrial product while working, you may be eligible to file a product liability claim. If you find yourself in this situation, there are a few important things to keep in mind.
You want to go to the doctor as soon as possible after being injured so your injuries can be addressed immediately and prevent any exacerbation of the injuries. This will also help your case if you decide to take legal action later. If you wait to seek medical attention and later decide to file, the manufacturer may claim you couldn’t have been badly hurt if you were able to delay seeing a doctor.
Contact your supervisor as soon as possible after the incident to let them know what happened. Most workplaces require the employer to have workers’ compensation insurance, often referred to as workers’ comp. Workers’ comp can help take care of your medical bills, lost wages, potential disability, etc. as you focus on healing and returning to normal life.
You may still bring a product liability claim forward against the manufacturer in regard to the defect that caused your injury. This is a good idea for multiple reasons. Not only will you receive further compensation for your injury and subsequent damages, but the manufacturer will also be forced to address the issue, protecting its future customers from finding themselves in the same situation.
While injuries occurring as a result of products used in the workplace in need of maintenance are generally covered under workers’ comp, it is possible that the instructions your company was given regarding the required maintenance of the product may have been incorrect or insufficient. If this is the case, your company may not be at fault for the injury, but the manufacturer should be notified of the oversight in their product’s warnings.
Worker’s comp will generally cover your medical bills, lost wages, and potential other damages depending on your state. You can work with a worker’s comp attorney to address the specifics of your situation within your state. Don’t assume that your employer is communicating truthfully regarding your rights. Do not agree to or sign anything without consulting a lawyer first.
This essentially means that if they don’t win, you don’t pay. From the initial consultation to the prosecution, your lawyer will only collect their fee if they are able to recoup your losses. Immediately after you have sought medical attention for your injury and you have informed your employer, take a moment to write down your situation exactly as you remember it happening. This can help your attorney determine what evidence to gather to support your case. It’s imperative to contact an attorney as soon as possible after the fact to avoid letting the statute of limitations run out, and to allow your attorney to preserve time-sensitive evidence.
To learn more, contact Jasper Abbott directly by calling 888-981-5602 or by submitting a contact form on this page. There is no charge for the consultation, and you never owe any out-of-pocket attorney fees.
Disclaimer: This video is for informational purposes only. In some states, this video may be deemed Attorney Advertising. The choice of lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisements.
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