Have you recently suffered a workplace injury in Los Angeles? Are you unsure about how you are going to pay for costly medical bills? Has your injury forced you to miss time at work? Call the Citywide Law Group today for information about how you may be able to recover compensation from your employer and/or a negligent third party. Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys have more than 17 years of experience handling complex personal injury matters, including those for workplace injuries. During this time, we have helped thousands of clients recover millions in damages for their injuries. Call our Los Angeles office today to schedule a free consultation with our team. We will review your case, determine liability, and explain the process of filing a claim for damages.
Workplace Injury Statistics
Workplace accidents and injuries are incredibly common in the United States. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, private employers reported more than 2.9 million workplace accident-related injuries in 2016. This means that for every 100 full-time private-sector employees, nearly 3 suffered an injury every day. These statistics do not include fatal injuries or injuries suffered by part-time or public-sector employees. When these workers are factored into the equation the number of injuries suffered in the workplace each and every day is much higher.
Types of Los Angeles Workplace Accidents
The term “workplace accident” refers to any time an employee suffers an injury while on the job. If you suffer an injury while carrying out the duties and responsibilities of your position you may be entitled to compensation from your employer or a negligent third party. In Los Angeles, employees who work in certain industries and jobs are at a greater risk of suffering a workplace injury.
Construction Accidents. Whether you are a union construction worker, an independent contractor hired for a specific job, or simply work in an administrative capacity for a construction company, you are at increased risk of suffering an injury on the job. Construction accidents can include:
- Equipment malfunctions and misuse
- Electrocution, and
- Being struck by falling objects.
Agricultural and Farm Accidents. Workers who are employed in the agricultural industry are subject to tough working conditions and long hours. While employers are required to provide adequate training, safety equipment, and breaks this is not always the case. Agricultural accidents can include:
- Heat stroke
- Equipment malfunction
- Tractor overturns
- Suffocation, and
- Fume inhalation.
Manufacturing Accidents. Manufacturing plants are designed to churn out as many products as possible in the shortest amount of time. Unfortunately, employees who work in the manufacturing industry face a difficult work environment. Despite regulations requiring employers to make sure that accidents do not happen, many manufacturing workers suffer injuries every day. Manufacturing injuries can include:
- Chemical exposure
- Fume inhalation
- Being crushed by falling objects, and
- Entanglement in machinery.
Commercial Driving Accidents. Commercial drivers spend a lot of time on the road and can be subject to very difficult working conditions. When commercial drivers are involved in an accident they can suffer serious and debilitating injuries. Commercial driving accidents can include:
- Crashes with other vehicles on the road
- Single-truck accidents caused by poor driving or road conditions, and
- Equipment malfunctions.
Recovering Compensation for a Workplace Accident Injury
If you have suffered a work-related injury speak to an experienced Los Angeles personal injury attorney as soon as you can. Recovering compensation for a workplace injury can be complicated, overwhelming, and downright confusing. The type of compensation you will be entitled to receive will depend on a variety of factors, including:
- Who is responsible for causing your accident,
- If you contributed to your workplace injury, and
- The type of workplace injuries you have sustained.
An attorney will be able to review your case and determine the procedures that will be required to get the compensation you need and deserve. In Los Angeles, you may be able to recover workers’ compensation benefits, third-party damages, or both.
Worker’s Compensation Benefits
California employers are required to carry workers compensation insurance in case any employees suffer an on-the-job injury or illness. When you suffer a workplace accident injury you can submit a claim to recover workers’ compensation to pay for medical expenses and other accident-related costs. If you will be forced to miss a significant amount of time at work workers’ compensation benefits can be used to make up for your lost wages. When you suffer an injury that reduces your ability to work, these benefits can help to compensate for your reduced earning capacity.
When you receive workers’ compensation benefits you generally give up the right to file a civil claim against your employer. There are limited situations when you can recover workers’ compensation benefits and file a personal injury claim against your employer. However, you must be able to prove that your employer actions rose to the level of serious and willful misconduct.
Third Party Damages
If a third party – meaning someone other than your employer or co-worker – is responsible for your workplace accident you may be able to recover compensation by filing a civil personal injury claim for damages. This claim will likely rely on the argument that this third party’s negligence caused your workplace accident and injury. When you can prove this, a third party can be held financially responsible for your injuries.
For example, imagine that you were using a saw at work on a construction site when it began to malfunction. As a result, you suffer serious cuts and significant blood loss. When you discover that the saw was defective you may be able to recover compensation from the company that designed, manufactured, and/or sold that saw.
Workers’ Compensation and Third-Party Damages
In California, anyone who is responsible for causing your workplace accident can be held financially responsible for your injuries. Each responsible party will be held liable to the degree that they were at-fault for the accident. This means that you can recover workers’ compensation benefits from your employer and third-party damages from a third-party who also contributed to your accident.
In the example provided above, imagine that your employer purchased used equipment and did not run safety checks. If you can establish that your employer provided you with faulty and dangerous equipment you may be able to recover both workers’ compensation benefits and third-party damages from the manufacturer.
What Should I Do After a Workplace Accident?
Injuries suffered on the job can be incredibly dangerous and you may suffer serious and life-threatening injuries that require significant medical care. While you may not immediately think about recovering compensation, it is important to consider the financial consequences of your accident. Filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefit or a personal injury lawsuit can help to mitigate the financial strains imposed by your accident. Keeping the following suggestions in mind after your workplace accident will help to make sure that you are properly compensated for your injuries.
See a doctor. Get your injuries checked out immediately. Seeing a doctor will make sure that your visible injuries are treated and that any underlying issues are diagnosed. Any claims you file for compensation will require you to prove that your injuries were a result of your accident. The medical report from this visit will help you prove this point.
Ask for an accident report. Employers are generally required to fill out an accident report when an on-the-job injury occurs. Ask for a copy of this report to keep with your records. It may be helpful in the future when you are pursuing compensation.
Speak with a lawyer. Contact an attorney as soon as you can after your workplace accident injury. Workers’ compensation claims must be filed within a very short period of time after your accident. If you do not file a claim on time you may be barred from getting any compensation, at all. Your attorney will make sure that all claims are filed in a timely fashion and handle communications with insurance companies, liable third parties, and anyone else who is relevant to your case.
Los Angeles Workplace Accident Attorneys
If you have suffered a workplace accident injury do not hesitate to contact Citywide Law Group for help. A workplace injury can be devastating for you and your family, and we will fight to make sure that you are fairly compensated by your employer and/or negligent third party. For nearly two decades, our Los Angeles workplace accident attorneys have handled thousands of complex personal injury claims and helped clients like you recover millions in compensation. Call Citywide Law Group today to learn about how we can make sure you are fairly compensated for your injuries, too. We offer a free consultation, so do not hesitate to call our Los Angeles office today.