People who are injured at work must deal with the physical limitations of an injury. However, in many cases, the injury is so severe that the victim cannot perform at the same level, the same duties, or at all – temporarily or permanently. If you have been injured at work and suffered a temporary or permanent disabling injury, you may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Harris & Harris Injury Lawyers serves clients in Nevada, California, Arizona, and Utah. If you would like to discuss a work injury claim with a member of our firm, please contact our office to arrange a free and confidential consultation.
Recoverable benefits in a workers’ comp (workman’s comp) claim:
- Income benefits: Income benefits may be disbursed for temporary total disability (TTD), permanent total disability (PTD), or permanent partial disability (PPD) to compensate for lost wages incurred as a result of a workplace injury.
- Medical expenses: Worker’s compensation covers medical benefits incurred because of the work-related injury – including hospital expenses, physical and vocational therapy, transportation to medical appointments, orthotics (or medical devices) and other expenses.
- Death benefits: When a loved one dies in a work-related accident, workers’ compensation benefits provide compensation to surviving beneficiaries for lost wages, medical bills incurred before death and funeral expenses.
Many clients come to Harris & Harris Lawyers with the most serious of injuries, such as a spinal cord injury resulting from a construction site accident, or a crush injury or amputation that occurred on the job. When the extent of injuries is catastrophic in nature, workers’ compensation is often inadequate to fully compensate our client. Our personal injury attorneys ensure our client recovers the full value of their case by reviewing all angles of the accident and determining all avenues of recovery. In certain instances, a third party liability claim, such as a product liability claim against a defective product manufacturer, may provide the necessary compensation our client needs.
Workers’ compensation may not be enough
Workers’ compensation is an important safety net for injured workers, but workers’ comp benefits do not fully reimburse a worker for all lost wages, pain and suffering. If your injuries were caused by a negligent party that was NOT your employer or another employee of your company, you may be able to bring a personal injury suit against that party.
Examples of cases where a personal injury claim could apply:
- Premises liability claims against a property owner, general contractor or property manager if the job site where an employee works or visits in the course of work is unsafe
- Product liability claims against the manufacturer and/or distributor of a defective product such as construction equipment, power tools, scaffolding, ladders, or appliances
- Car or truck accident claims if you or the other party was driving for work
- If you were physically or sexually assaulted while working in a hotel or casino or as a tour guide, you may be able to bring a claim for negligent security.