The average American worker spends approximately 2000 hours on the job every year. Workers have the right to expect safety in the workplace, and there are safeguards in place to make sure that’s true. But accidents still happen on the job. If you’re involved in an accident at work, you may need workers compensation, also known as workman’s comp.
Workers’ compensation is a type of personal injury law, but is significantly different from other kinds of personal injury.
Differences between Workers Compensation and Personal Injury Cases
1. A worker injured either on the job or at the workplace does not need to show that the employer was negligent or was intending to cause harm. The mere fact that the accident occurred in the course of employment is enough for a claim.
2. The injured party is eligible for temporary benefits while the case is pending.
3. The injured party is guaranteed certain compensation for lost wages and medical claims, and in return gives up the right to sue the employer for negligence or wrongful acts. However, if a third party (i.e., someone other than the employer) was responsible for the accident, the injured party still has the right to bring a separate claim against that party.
The nature of the work is inconsequential, as long as the injuries were sustained on the job. Workers compensation can be claimed by a house painter whose back breaks in a fall from a high ladder or by a secretary who suffers from carpal tunnel syndrome.
Have you been injured on the job? If so, you may be entitled to workers compensation. Attorney David I. Schoen has experience with workers comp cases and can help guide you through the process, helping you get what you deserve. Mr. Schoen practiced law in New York State for over 30 years before moving his practice to Vermont. He specializes in personal injury cases, and his goal is to fight for you.
Large firms have their strengths, but personalized attention isn’t one of them. The Law Office of David I. Schoen is small and accessible, and he makes it a priority to be available to his clients to answer questions or concerns. He also believes that cases can suffer when there are multiple attorneys, paralegals, and support staff involved. That’s why he handles every case himself.
“Every person who has been injured and/or suffered damages as the result of the negligence or wrong-doing of another should seek legal representation and advice,” he says. Seek legal representation right away – call the law offices of David I. Schoen now.