If you’ve been hurt at work, your boss may have informed you that you are only eligible for compensation from your workers’ comp insurance. While this is generally true, there are some exceptions where you can still file a claim for losses caused by your injuries. For instance, if you were harmed by faulty equipment that you were required to use, you may be eligible for compensation from the manufacturer of that equipment through a products liability action.
Accidents that cause workplace and construction injuries can be complex to navigate, so knowing your rights is crucial in determining whether you can file a claim. If you or a loved one were hurt in a work-related accident, you could be entitled to compensation to cover lost wages and earning capacity, medical expenses and long-term care, and other damages related to the injury. At Jorgensen Law in San Diego, our experienced construction law attorneys know that workplace accidents in California cause thousands of injuries each year.
State laws in California require employers to provide workers’ compensation insurance that offers benefits to employees suffering from work-related illnesses and injuries. While this insurance covers most injuries that occur on the job, when an illness or injury is caused by someone else’s negligence, the victim may also need to file a claim of personal injury to cover expenses that the small workers’ comp payout does not.
How Jorgensen Law in San Diego Can Assist You
Our personal injury lawyers offer courtroom representation and legal advice for workers injured in workplace-related accidents, as well as for their families. We have successfully handled workplace and construction injuries claims including:
- Forklift Accidents
- Industrial Accidents
- Factory Accidents
- Auto Accidents
- Construction Site Accidents
- Fatal Accidents and Wrongful Death
- Falls From Heights
- Roof and Ladder Falls
- Environmental Hazards
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that there were nearly 3 million non-fatal workplace illnesses and injuries across the nation in 2012 alone. There were also over 4,300 reported work-related illnesses and injuries that year which resulted in death.
Common Workplace Injuries
Workplace accidents lead to many types of injuries – everything from non-serious injuries to severe injuries that change the trajectory of a victim’s life. Work-related accidents most often lead to the following types of injuries:
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Contusions and Lacerations
- Crush Injuries
- Inhalation Injuries including CO poisoning
- Overexertion Injuries
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in the Workplace
If you’ve been hurt on the job in San Diego County, it’s critical that you immediately report the incident to your employer. However, we advise you never to sign any insurance documents or even speak with an insurance company until you discuss your circumstances with experienced San Diego construction law representation at Jorgensen Law. This advice stems from the unfortunate truth that insurance companies and employers are first and foremost out to protect themselves from liability. Our personal injury lawyers can safeguard your best interests and help protect your rights.
Contact Jorgensen Law in San Diego today by calling 1-888-855-2948 or filling out our online form to schedule an initial consultation. We can discuss your accident to determine what happened and whether the circumstances of your injuries give you the grounds to seek compensation. If you decide to pursue a claim, we’ll fight aggressively on your behalf to help you obtain the monetary award that you need and deserve.