People may not think of it, but they face the potential of being injured in their workplace. Whether it is through a physical accident or a disease or illness that was acquired over time, employees should know that their jobs are secured. Construction workers can face dangers every day on the job due to the nature of their work. Since accidents are not planned, there is potential for them to happen at any time and in any environment. Although individuals may be faced with an unplanned event or sudden illness, they can feel comfortable knowing that workers’ compensation is in place to benefit them.
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation was put in place to ensure that employees could not lose their jobs if they were injured on the job. Through this law, workers’ compensation protects the employees and employers. Employees cannot file a lawsuit against their employers if they are collecting workers’ compensation. If a third party is involved in the accident that occurred, employees are able to file a lawsuit against them. If the injured party wins the lawsuit and gains compensation from it, they may have to pay back workers’ compensation that they received before the lawsuit was won. When workers’ compensation is collected, it can help pay for medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. This can help the injured party provide for themselves and their family while they are unable to work.
Through workers’ compensation, victims of an accident may also be entitled to benefits including medical care, supplemental benefits, social security benefits and death benefits, along with the above cash benefits. If an employee is not able to work anymore, they may be entitled to long-term benefits that can help them sustain their quality of life. With all these benefits, individuals are able to provide for themselves when they are unable to work. They may not face as serious of a financial situation due to the buildup of medical bills.
Do I qualify for workers’ compensation?
When you are involved in an accident at work, it is important to seek medical attention to receive the medical attention you need and to document your injuries. This will prove to your employer the accident that you sustained and how it has had an impact on your ability to perform your job tasks. It gives evidence to the cause of your injuries and how these injuries can affect your everyday life. No one is at fault when workers’ compensation is collected.
If a third party is involved in your accident, you should seek legal counsel to find out more about how to pursue a case. This may not follow the same guidelines as does workers’ compensation. Since the third party is not your employer, you can still sue them for liability.
The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.