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As explained in other practice areas, injuries can occur in many ways and from a wide variety of circumstances. Workplace injuries can arise from many causes and such injuries create potential legal remedies ranging from Workers’ Compensation benefits to third-party claims against persons or entities other than your employer. Your employer typically is responsible for providing Workers’ Compensation coverages, which provides them with legal protection from any other type of legal claim unless there is an intentional tort. (In other words, the employer acted or failed to act essentially intending that you get injured, a very high legal standard.)
To assess what types of claims you may have, and to protect and preserve the evidence and the accident scene, you need to consult with an attorney familiar with these areas of the law.
An example of one type of case that involved multiple areas of law involved a propane explosion on property at which an employee of another company was asked to perform work. While working, there was an explosion that resulted from a propane leak, causing significant personal injuries. The worker had Workers’ Compensation claims, but also third-party negligence claims against several companies.
JOHN DOE v CORPORATION: Burn injuries from negligence/premises liability claims.
A painter applying the finishing exterior coat fell from his ladder, and was hospitalized with a traumatic brain injury when a board that had been improperly nailed to a house gave way. While he was hospitalized he improved significantly. The insurance company argued that his injuries had completely healed, but his family knew better. We were able to show that he still had many subtle problems that impacted his family and him tremendously.
* These workplace injury cases are chosen from many more, to illustrate some of the variety of the issues we have dealt with.
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