Pursuing Compensation After A Workplace Accident
Work-related accidents are often unexpected and violent, and they can cause serious injury or even death. Workers’ compensation laws deal with the damages that can be awarded to injured employees to cover medical expenses, continuing wages and loss of the capacity to earn; however, a workers’ compensation claim may not be your only recourse if you have been hurt on the job.
Who Is Accountable For Your Injuries?
If you have suffered from an on-the-job injury, make sure the personal injury lawyer you hire investigates whether you also have a claim against a “third party,” such as the manufacturer of unsafe equipment, the owner of the premises or vessel where the injury occurred (if different from your employer), or against another company whose employee caused the injury.
At the Gaar Law Firm, in Lafayette, Louisiana, we investigate each aspect of your work-related injury:
- If you were injured in a refinery explosion that was caused by a defect in the machinery you were using, we will investigate a claim against the manufacturer of the machinery.
- If you were injured in a car accident while on the job, we will investigate a claim against the other driver.
- If you were injured in an offshore accident and it was the nonemployer vessel owner’s fault, or the fault of an employee who was employed by a different contractor, we will determine if there is a valid claim against them.
Often, workers’ compensation benefits alone are not enough to fully compensate accident survivors for the costs associated with the injury and the lasting impact on their lives. For example, workers’ compensation does not cover damages for emotional distress or pain and suffering. Working with an attorney who understands third party work injury claims is essential to maximize your chances of making a full recovery.
Take Action Now
We have the experience, dedication and resources to fight for your rights. Whatever your circumstance, we will leave no stone unturned. Contact an experienced workplace accident attorney at the Gaar Law Firm if you have suffered a serious work-related injury or a loved one has died as a result of an on-the-job injury. Please send us an email using our simple contact form, or call 337-366-0982 to speak with a member of our team.