Who is Responsible for Workplace Accidents?

Sustaining an on-the-job injury can bring on many emotions. You may be in physical pain for days, weeks, or months. You may be frustrated that your workflow was messed up and that you will not be able to return to your job immediately. You may start to get medical bills piling up that you do not know whether you can pay or not. When this is the case, you are likely wondering what steps you should take. If you slipped at work, was it your fault? If the accident was your fault, should you still file a workers’ compensation claim? Even if you think the accident may have been your fault, you can still file a workers’ compensation claim and your employer may be responsible for paying part of your wages while you are recovering. 

Determining if You Should File a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Before you file a workers’ compensation claim, you want to establish that your injuries truly came about while you were working or that they are work-related. To establish this, consider whether:

  • You were performing your typical job duties
  • You were running an errand or outside task for your boss
  • You were at a company event

In any of the above cases, if you got into an accident, this would have happened while you were performing duties related to your job, and filing a workers’ compensation claim is going to be the best way to receive financial assistance for things like lost wages while you are away from work. Many people find that they are having a difficult time paying their bills when they are physically unable to return to work and earn their wages.  

What if the circumstances surrounding the accident are suspicious? 

There may be certain times when you may think that filing a workers’ compensation claim is not the right move. A lawyer, like a workers’ compensation lawyer from a law firm like Hurwitz, Whitcher & Molloy, LLP knows that you may still be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits if consuming alcohol contributed to you becoming injured, if you had a pre-existing condition, or if you became injured while you were on your lunch break. If any of these were contributing factors to your workplace injury, you should speak with your lawyer for help with your workers’ compensation claim. 

Turn to Someone You Can Trust Today

For more information and help with your claim, please consider reaching out to a local attorney’s office today. 

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