In the workplace, accidents may seem unlikely, however, they can occur. If employees are involved in a workplace accident, they should take the proper steps to gain compensation. Since they may be injured in the accident, they may be unable to work for a period of time. With workers’ compensation, they can continue to have an income and pay for their bills. This can be helpful so they do not fall into debt. Through workers’ compensation, employees can get the aid they need to continue living while they are unable to work. When these situations occur, neither the employee or the employer is held responsible. If the employee files for workers’ compensation, they cannot hold their employer responsible for the accident that occurred in the workplace. However, they are not responsible for the accident either. By avoiding liability, it helps to protect both the employee and the employer in these scenarios. However, third parties may be liable in these situations. Employees are able to collect workers’ compensation and file a lawsuit against a third party. They can do this since third party is not their employer. If they win the case, they may have to pay back the money that they received from the workers’ compensation.
What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a system put in place to protect employees from their employers and vice versa. If employees suffer from an accident in the workplace that leaves them injured and unable to work for a period of time, they can be sure that their job will not be taken away from them during their recovery. While they are healing, they can collect workers’ compensation to aid them. This aid can come in the form of monetary compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. With this aid, the employee can continue to maintain their standard of living while they are unable to perform their duties at work. This can give them the time they need to fully recover and return to work when they are healthy. If the employee is unable to return to work in the future, they may be entitled to more benefits that can aid even further.
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.