Saint Patrick's Day is coming up this week, leaving many of us to ponder our luck (or lack thereof) and think about what life might be like at the end of the rainbow. Unfortunately, life can throw some curveballs that are far less pleasant than a pot of gold. Accidents can happen anywhere, at any time, but while vehicle collisions and day-to-day injuries are what we often expect, accidents in the workplace don't get much attention. The truth is, you can get hurt at work, and people do. Did you know that employees have the right to compensation in some of these cases? Here are some common workplace accidents and how they could play out legally for the victim involved.
Driving the Company Car
If you suffer an injury while driving or riding in a company vehicle, it will likely be categorized and covered as a work-related accident. While a crash in your own car would be dealt with by your personal auto policy and related coverage, the company car is considered company property, and your accident will be handled as employee injury. That means you could be eligible for compensation to cover expenses related to medical needs, mental and emotional trauma, etc. in addition to assistance with finances if you are left unable to work.
An Accident on Site
If you are injured on company property, this also leaves you eligible for compensation in many circumstances. These types of on-site accidents can come in many forms, but regardless of the details, they are usually handled by your employer's commercial and/or worker's compensation insurance policy, and you will be compensated based on your unique circumstances. Again, just like the company car accident, you could receive help for medical expenses, income assistance, etc., especially if your injury was the direct result of negligence on the part of your employer for failure to provide safe work conditions.
Long-Term Exposure Injuries
Some work-related issues don’t happen suddenly, but rather, they are a drawn out process that leave their victims unknowingly injured after being subjected to conditions for a long period of time. Problems in certain work environments (being exposed to harmful chemicals and poor air quality) that are not disclosed as a risk to employees can leave companies responsible for any related health issues. This is still a form of negligence on behalf of your employer, and therefore, you should receive help.
If you or someone you know have been injured in a work-related accident or are suffering with the long-term effects of an employer's negligence, Jiles Law, P.A. is here to help. We carefully evaluate your specific case, and calculate what type of compensation you may be eligible for. We work closely with you to lay out a case that will give you the best chance of getting the help you need and deserve. We are beside you from the very first step until the case is closed. You don't need luck when you have Jiles Law on your side. We go to court for you.
Have a safe and enjoyable Saint Patrick's Day!