Workplace accidents cause thousands of on the job injuries every year in California. A workplace accident is a discrete occurrence in the course of work, which leads to physical or mental harm. According to the International Labour Organization (ILO), more than 337 million accidents happen on the job each year, resulting, together with occupational diseases, in more than 2.3 million deaths annually.
Workplace accidents mean accidents that occur during the course of work or at work (even if the accident happens off the company’s premises, or if it is caused by third parties, and while engaged in an economic activity, or at work, or carrying on the business of the employees.
A large portion of a person’s life is spent in the workplace and as such it is not uncommon for workers to experience on the job injuries. Although most injuries incurred on the job are covered by Workers’ Compensation, when the negligence of another causes an injury then a claim of personal injury may need to be filed. Often payouts by workers’ compensation are small and don’t always cover all the expenses an injured person may have.
Like most states, California mandates that injured employees be covered by and receive benefits under workers’ compensation laws. Workers’ compensation offers no-fault benefits. That means that regardless of whether the employer, employee, a co-worker or some other unrelated third party was at-fault, an injured employee can receive benefits. The only requirement an employee must meet to obtain workers’ compensation benefits is that he or she be injured while working. The benefits include payment of medical expenses, partial substitution of income loss during periods of disability and compensation for permanent impairments from the injury.
Workplace accidents can be complex. If you have suffered a workplace accident, contact a Los Angeles workplace accident attorney at Grey Law, today. Our knowledgeable attorneys have extensive experience handling workplace accident cases and can help you get the compensation you deserve. Call today at 323-857-9500 for a free case evaluation.
The attorneys at Grey Law provide legal advice and courtroom representation for Los Angeles workers and their families in cases involving catastrophic injuries and wrongful death. We handle work related injury claims involving:
- Construction site accidents – scaffolding fall, collapsed walls and ceilings
- Factory accidents – repetitive stress injuries, heavy equipment injuries, conveyor belt accidents
- Industrial accidents – chemical burns, fires, explosions
- Auto accidents – representing commercial drivers, couriers, fleet drivers
- Environmental hazards – industrial sites, construction projects, and office buildings
It is especially crucial for injured employees to consider all their options before accepting any compensation from the employer. By accepting workers compensation from the company, employees forfeit their right to pursue the matter in court. Workers who are injured on the job have limited time to file a claim, and are therefore encouraged to contact a workplace accident lawyer as soon as possible following an injury.
If you have suffered a workplace injury, please report the incident to your employer immediately. However, we urge you not to talk with any insurance company representative or to sign any insurance document without first consulting an experienced workplace accident lawyer from Grey Law. Employers, third parties and their insurance carriers are out to protect themselves from liability. We are here to protect your rights and safeguard your best interests. Call our office today at 323-857-9500 for a free legal case evaluation and comprehensive review of your right to seek additional compensation beyond workers’ compensation benefits.
The Los Angeles workplace accident lawyers at Grey Law will immediately begin conducting an extensive investigation investigation of your workplace accident in order to identify each and every third party responsible for your injuries, in addition to consulting with product and accident experts. Each client’s case is meticulously prepared from the beginning for trial, whether or not the case actually reaches a courtroom. Call us today to ensure that your rights are protected and to learn about your compensation options.