Injuries at work can leave you in recovery, preventing you from getting back to work. If your injuries are severe enough, you may be out of work for an extended period or you might face permanent injuries and disabilities that make it impossible to perform certain job tasks or return to work in any capacity. If this is the case, you could be entitled to substantial financial compensation to reimburse you for lost wages, medical expenses, and other damages you faced because of the injury.
If you were injured at work in Baltimore, talk to the Baltimore workplace accident and injury attorneys at the Rice, Murtha & Psoras today. Our attorneys work to help injury victims and their families get compensation for serious injuries caused by negligence at work, and we fight to help them get the support they need if they can no longer work. For a free legal consultation on your case, call us today at (410) 694-7291.
Suing for Injuries at Work in Baltimore
Workplace injury cases are sometimes governed by workers’ compensation laws. Under these rules, you may need to file your case as a workers’ compensation claim, which might limit your damages in exchange for dropping certain proof requirements before you can get compensation. Otherwise, you can file your case as a negligence lawsuit in court, which opens up additional areas of damages if you can prove that your employer or another party was at fault for the injuries. The workplace injury attorneys at the Rice, Murtha & Psoras can help you determine how best to file your case to get the compensation you need.
When suing for injuries, you are often entitled to claim damages for medical expenses and lost wages as well as damages for pain and suffering from your injuries. Workers’ comp. claims can get you compensation for medical bills and lost wages, but they may not pay these damages in full and will not allow claims for pain and suffering damages. Moreover, lawsuits might allow you to claim additional punitive damages if the at-fault party was especially negligent or was responsible for repeat mistakes, but these damages are not available in a workers’ comp. claim either. Because of this, a lawsuit is often the best way to get full compensation for your injuries.
When you file your claim against an at-fault party, you will need to prove that they were responsible for your injuries to get compensation. You might do this by claiming they were at fault for causing your injuries if the accident resulted from a lack of training, a lack of safety gear, or problems on-site with workplace safety conditions. Other parties may be responsible for your injuries as well, such as coworkers responsible for assaulting you at work, equipment manufacturers who produced defective or dangerous equipment or gear, or other people outside your workplace who caused car accidents or other incidents that led to workplace injuries. These parties can all be held responsible for their contributions to your injuries, potentially getting you substantial compensation.
Types of Workplace Accidents and Injuries
Injuries at work can happen in many ways. Some injuries are possible in many fields and industries while other injuries might be particular to certain types of workers. In any case, many injuries allow you to file a lawsuit against the parties responsible for the accident so that you can get compensation for the damages you faced. Some common examples of workplace injuries might include the following:
Car Accidents at Work
If you drive for a living or work as a commercial vehicle driver, you could be severely injured from a car accident or truck accident at work. In many cases, you can sue the at-fault drivers to seek compensation, and their insurance company can be held to pay for the damages you faced. This might get you compensation if you work as a truck driver, an Uber/Lyft driver, a taxi driver, or another professional driver.
Lifting and Carrying Injuries
Warehouse workers, truck drivers, delivery workers, farmworkers, and other workers in hundreds of industries could face injuries at work from mistakes or problems while lifting or carrying heavy objects. Especially if you have faced prior back injuries at work, your back and spine may be vulnerable to additional injuries. If your supervisor did not get you the assistance you need by personally helping or sending another worker to help with a heavy task, they could be responsible for your injuries.
One of the most common causes of injury at work is workplace violence. Assault and battery by coworkers – or even your employer or supervisor – can leave you seriously injured and unable to work. The individual responsible for the assault can be held liable for the injuries they caused you, but the employer might also be negligent for failing to provide proper security or supervision to stop the fight.
Equipment Malfunction Injuries
Many workers rely upon heavy machinery, forklifts, and other vehicles, construction machinery, and electronic and mechanical systems to get the job done. Other tasks require safety equipment, power tools, and other tools that need to work properly. If there is a safety problem or malfunction with this equipment, the product manufacturer might be liable for the resulting injuries.
Call Our Baltimore Workplace Injury and Accident Lawyers for a Free Legal Consultation
If you were injured at work, talk to an attorney about your options for suing your employer or another negligent party to seek financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. The Rice, Murtha & Psoras’s Baltimore workplace accident and injury lawyers offer free legal consultations to help injured workers and their families understand what their cases might be worth and how to proceed with their claims. For your free consultation, call us today at (410) 694-7291.