Work Injury Lawsuit
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What Is a Work Injury Lawsuit?
A work injury lawsuit is a legal action involving injuries that are sustained at the workplace. On-the-job injuries are often covered by workers compensation plans. These are state-mandated programs that provide recovery for workers who are injured under certain work conditions.
However, in some cases, the compensation plan may not cover the particular type of injury involved. Or, there may be disputes between the employee and employer regarding liability. In such cases, a work injury lawsuit may need to be filed if other methods of compensation are ineffective.
What Are Some Examples of Work Injuries?
Some common examples of work injuries include:
- Repetitive stress injuries (such as carpal tunnel injuries or injuries resulting from repeated lifting, grabbing, etc.)
- Slip and fall injuries
- Vehicle-related injuries
- Lung and breathing injuries
- Toxic substance injuries
Some lines of work are associated with certain types of injuries more so than others. For instance, manufacturing industries often involve injuries from toxic substances. The type of work is often factored into a work injury lawsuit determination, especially when courts need to estimate the likelihood of an injury occurring.
How Are Work Injury Lawsuits Resolved?
Work injury lawsuits are often resolved through a monetary damages award. This will help the injured party recover losses such as medical expenses and lost profits. Documentation is needed to support the damages award claim, and an expert witness may be called in to verify the extent of the injuries and losses.
In some instance, a work injury lawsuit may uncover problematic aspects of that particular work environment. After the lawsuit, a larger scale investigation. Alternatively, the court may order the employer to reform their company policies to enforce safety standards.
Do I Need a Lawyer for Assistance with a Work Injury Lawsuit?
Work injury lawsuits can involve some very technical legal concepts, and may require the help of a qualified employment lawyer. You may wish to hire an employment attorney in your area if you need help filing a work injury lawsuit. Your attorney can inform you of how the process works and can advise you on how to proceed. Also, your lawyer can represent you and guide you during the court meetings and hearings.
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Last Modified: 08-05-2014 02:21 PM PDT
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