Bodily Injury Lawsuit Against Employer

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If you suffered a bodily injury while you were at work, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to pay for any medical expenses or lost wages that result from that injury. Workers’ compensation is something that all employees are entitled to regardless of how long you have been working at your job. You do not have to pay out of pocket for medical costs if you have a workplace injury.

What is a Bodily Injury At Work?

A bodily injury at work is any injury that occurs while you are working. A bodily injury lawsuit is something that you can file if you are injured while you are at work. There are many types of injuries that can occur on the job. Some of these injuries are:

  • Cuts
  • Bruises
  • Muscle strains from lifting or moving boxes or equipment
  • Repetitive stress injuries
  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Burns
  • Muscle sprains and strains
  • Broken bones
  • Back and muscle injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Eye injuries

Workplace injuries can range from being minor to serious. However, when it comes to a bodily injury lawsuit, it does not matter whether your injuries are minor or serious. All of your medical expenses and other expenses (e.g., lost wages) should be paid. For example, if you break your leg in a slip and fall injury at work, and you cannot work for six weeks in addition to paying for your medical bills, you may be entitled to money to pay for the wages you would have received if you had been able to work during those six weeks.

What Should I Do If I Experience a Bodily Injury At Work?

If you are injured at work the first thing that you should do is get immediate medical attention. Even if you don’t think that your injury is serious, you should call for medical attention. This is because you need to document the injury from the start.

After you have called for medical attention, make sure that you get any evidence you can of the scene of the accident. Taking and/or getting photos or video of the scene, as well as taking down witness statements as soon as possible is very important. For example, if you are injured in a slip and fall because there was water on the floor, it will help your case to have photos or a video(s) showing the water on the floor.

You should also make sure that your manager or supervisor writes an incident or injury report at the time of the accident. You will need that report to document your injury. Also make sure that your manager or supervisor gives you a copy of the report.
It is also important that you keep the receipts for any and all medical expenses that you need to pay for upfront because you can be reimbursed for those expenses if you have documentation of their existence.

Finally, you should strongly consider talking to a lawyer before you file your workers’ compensation claim to make sure that you have included everything you need to include to make your case the strongest it can possibly be.

Get Help With Workplace Bodily Injury Claim

Workers’ compensation should pay all the expenses related to your injury as stated in your bodily injury claim. But, if something is not included, it will not be paid for. Thus, it is a good idea to fill out a Free Case Evaluation on this page and talk to an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer before you file your claim to make sure you get all the money you are entitled to.

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