Employees are often involved in workplace accidents. A workplace accident is a “discrete occurrence in the course of work” leading to physical or mental occupational injury. Incidents that fall within the definition of occupational accidents include poisoning, attacks by humans and animals, slips and falls on pavements or staircases, traffic collisions, and accidents on board transportation vehicles in the course of work. Accidents arise from unsafe behavior and/or unsafe conditions. An important factor in recovery is the safety culture of an organization. Safety culture addresses how workplace safety is managed, consisting of attitudes, beliefs, perceptions, and standard operating procedures.
Once injured the road to recovery can be problematic and the employee must often deal with the employer and the insurance company. Someone who has been hurt requires excellent representation to speed compensation for injuries. Personal injury lawsuits and insurance company interactions can be complex.
A law firm must have the resources necessary to make the case for their client if the suit will proceed on a contingency basis. There are several costs involved in bringing a personal injury lawsuit. Businesses and insurance companies want to settle as quickly as possible, but that is not always in the best interests of a person who has been injured. In a workplace injury case, the company should be found liable for injuries that were their fault, and the insurance company should pay for all costs that they should cover. Unfortunately these things do not always happen automatically.
If you or a loved one has experienced a substantial injury, consult with an experienced personal injury attorney to explore your legal rights. An attorney can help you assess your case and take it forward if recovery is promising.