People go to work every day with the expectation that their day will go as it usually does. Rarely do they ever consider what would happen if they were to be involved in a workplace accident. While people are usually safe at work, there is always a possibility that an accident can occur, regardless of where they work. This may be the case in the event that the environment is not taken care of and becomes hazardous. Employees who find themselves in these situations can be comforted by knowing that they are able to recover compensation as coverage for any damages due to the accident. When facing this situation, it is important to have the assistance of a New Jersey personal injury attorney.
How Can a Workplace Accident Happen?
All employers in New Jersey are required to make sure their employees are safe at work. This is possible by providing the proper safety equipment and training to avoid dangerous situations. Failure to do so can cause hazardous environments and lead to the following accidents:
- Slip and falls
- Trip and falls
- Muscle strains
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Crashes or collisions
- Inhaling toxic fumes
- Loud noise exposure
- Being hit by falling objects
How Can I Recover Compensation?
When an employee becomes injured on the job, they need to report the injury to their employer immediately. This ensures that the process of recovering workers’ compensation can begin. Workers’ compensation is insurance that gives employees the benefits they need to cover the damages due to the accident. This can include medical care, supplemental benefits, long-term benefits, and death benefits.
While this is true, there are other situations in which an accident may be caused by a third party instead of employer negligence. This could be a subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, designer, etc. It is important to know that, in these situations, the injured party can file a lawsuit against this party for negligence. If they successfully prove negligence, compensation may be awarded. However, if they received workers’ compensation prior to the lawsuit, they may be required to pay it back.
Contact our Firm
If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an automobile accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. CONTACT US TODAY!