Construction workers are focused on getting the job done whenever they are working at a site. Since they work this job on a daily basis, they may not be aware of how dangerous some of the tasks they are faced with can be. Even when proper safety precautions are followed, workers might find themselves the victim of a construction accident. If they are injured in this accident, they may be able to seek compensation for their injuries. This form of compensation is known as workers’ compensation. Employees are protected from losing their jobs while being able to maintain their finances when they cannot work due to an injury. Employers are able to avoid a lawsuit due to an employee accident.
For workers’ compensation cases, liability is not placed on anyone involved. If workers wish to file a lawsuit against their employer, they cannot collect workers’ compensation. For workers’ compensation cases, neither party is to blame when employees collect the workers’ compensation they are given. This allows employees to maintain their position, have time to heal and allows employers to avoid liability.
Can a third party be involved?
Construction workers may be using tools and gears from other companies. If these products prove to be defective, they can cause an accident that can lead to injuries. If an employee believes a third party is involved in their workplace accident, they may be able to file a lawsuit against them. Since the third party does not employee you, you are able to file a lawsuit while collecting workers’ compensation. However, you may have to pay back the workers’ compensation you receive if you win the lawsuit against the third party and receive damages from the case.
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How can workers’ compensation benefit me?
Workers’ compensation allows employees to get the help they need after a workplace accident has left them injured and unable to work. If you were injured in a workplace accident, you may be entitled to this form of compensation. Through workers’ compensation, damages can be collected. These damages come in the form of money. Economic damages can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. Through this compensation, you will be able to maintain your current lifestyle without having a buildup of bills due to your accident.
Victims of an accident in the workplace may also be entitled to benefits including medical care, supplemental benefits, social security benefits and death benefits, along with the above cash benefits. If an employee is not able to work at all anymore, they may be entitled to long-term benefits that can help them sustain their quality of life.
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