After an accident at work, employees should take the proper steps to pursue workers’ compensation. If they are unable to work, they may not be able to continue their flow of income. This can affect their living situation and the rest of their family. Workers’ compensation ensures that these employees cannot be fired after suffering an injury that makes them unable to continue their work duties. Through workers’ compensation, individuals can find comfort knowing that their job is safe and they have a way to support themselves still.
What does workers’ compensation provide?
Workers’ compensation was put in place to make sure employees get the help they need after a workplace accident. You may be entitled to compensation after suffering from an accident in the workplace. This compensation can involve economic damages. Damages are forms of monetary compensation. Economic damages can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. With this compensation, employees will continue to support themselves and their families. They can feel comfortable knowing that their injury will not hurt their finances.
Victims of an accident may also be entitled to benefits including medical care, supplemental benefits, social security benefits and death benefits. If an employee is unable to work in the future, they may be entitled to long-term benefits that can help them sustain their quality of life.
What if a third party is involved in the accident?
When workers’ compensation is collected, there is no party at fault. Through this process, the employee and the employer is protected. When an employee collects this compensation, they are not admitting fault and they are not placing the blame on their boss. If they wish to file a lawsuit against their employer, they may not be able to collect workers’ compensation. However, the involvement of a third party complicates the matter.
If a third party is somehow involved in the workplace accident, they can be held accountable. Employees can file a lawsuit against a third party since it is not their employer. If the employee wins a lawsuit against a third party and is compensated for it, they may have to return the workers’ compensation they previously collected.
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.