After employees experience a workplace accident, they need to take the correct steps to gain workers’ compensation. Upon being injured, they should receive medical attention. This can ensure their health is being taken care of and that their injuries are documented. When their injuries are documented, it can prove the extent of what they have suffered. They should be able to seek workers’ compensation to give them a source of income while they are unable to work due to the seriousness of their injuries.
What does workers’ compensation provide?
Workers’ compensation was put in place to make sure employees get the help they need after a workplace accident. You may be entitled to compensation after suffering from an accident in the workplace. This compensation can involve economic damages. Damages are forms of monetary compensation. Economic damages can include compensation for medical bills, lost wages and lost future wages. With this compensation, employees will continue to support themselves and their families. They can feel comfortable knowing that their injury will not hurt their finances.
Victims of an accident may also be entitled to benefits including medical care, supplemental benefits, social security benefits and death benefits. If an employee is unable to work in the future, they may be entitled to long-term benefits that can help them sustain their quality of life.
Who is at fault for the accident?
When workers’ compensation is collected, there is no party at fault. Through this process, the employee and the employer is protected. When an employee collects this compensation, they are not admitting fault and they are not placing the blame on their boss. If they wish to file a lawsuit against their employer, they may not be able to collect workers’ compensation. However, the involvement of a third party complicates the matter.
If a third party is somehow involved in the workplace accident, they can be held accountable. Employees can file a lawsuit against a third party since it is not their employer. If the employee wins a lawsuit against a third party and is compensated for it, they may have to return the workers’ compensation they previously collected.
If you are in this situation, it is important to discuss this situation with an attorney. The attorneys at Timian & Fawcett, LLC provide effective legal services to clients in Prince George’s County, Washington, D.C. and all of Maryland. Our firm is dedicated to our clients. If you need our help, we are ready to serve. Contact Timian & Fawcett, LLC.