Lexington Workplace Accident Lawyers
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) compiled data from 2017 regarding workplace accident statistics and published it in its 2018 report. The report revealed that approximately 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2017.
If this statistic indicates anything, it’s that there are millions of Americans across the nation that suffer from injuries sustained from a workplace accident – individuals who are just like you.
When dealing with a catastrophic workplace injury, you may look to workers’ compensation to carry you through tough times. The truth of the matter is, however, that workers’ compensation is not sufficient to help you with your financial situation. Not only are you missing time away from work, but you could also be struggling with a growing pile of medical bills and household expenses.
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation does NOT cover much of the additional costs and expenses associated with a workplace injury. There is likely to be a lot happening outside of your job and you may not know who to turn to.
That’s where the Lexington workplace accident attorneys from Hare Wynn step in. For over 125 years, the personal injury lawyers at Hare Wynn have been defending the rights of innocent victims injured at work. We know how to play hardball when dealing with insurance companies, and we can collect what is owed to you.
If you have been injured on the job, there is a team of lawyers ready to defend your rights. Tell our Lexington attorneys your story by contacting us at (859) 550-2900 or by filling out our contact form. We’re ready to make a difference in your life.
What To Do After A Workplace Accident
First and foremost, as with any type of accident or personal injury, it is advised that you seek medical attention for any injuries you may have sustained – even if the injuries seem small. Sometimes, injuries can take a day or two to manifest, especially in cases of brain injuries.
Once you have been admitted into an emergency or urgent care center, you have 24 hours to report the accident to your supervisor. In non-emergency cases, reach out to your supervisor immediately.
If you have suffered an injury, then, your agency should walk you through the steps necessary to file a workers’ compensation claim. Your rights under the workers’ compensation system in Kentucky include:
- Treatment and coverage for the full extent of necessary and reasonable medical needs.
- Your employer is not able to fire or retaliate against you for filing a workers’ compensation claim.
- You have the right to report dangerous working conditions without retaliation.
- You can appeal your workers’ compensation decision.
- You can return to your job if your injuries allow you to do so.
- You can obtain legal guidance to help you through the process.
For more information on the steps involved for workers’ compensation, you can visit the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s website, but take caution. Temporary disability and permanent disability payments issued by workers’ compensation are typically low and will not compensate you for pain and suffering.
It is also important that you be aware that Kentucky is a “no-fault” system, which means that while you do not have to prove anyone’s negligence caused your injuries, it also means you are barred from filing a claim directly against your employer.
There may, however, be special circumstances where you can sue for damages caused by a third party, for instance:
- Injury Caused By Defective Products – You may be able to file a products liability action against the manufacturer of the defective product.
- Injury Caused By Toxic Substance – You may be able to file a toxic tort lawsuit against the manufacturer of the toxic substance.
- Third-Party Injury – Another option may lie in filing a personal injury lawsuit against a third party that caused your injuries.
If your workplace accident goes unreported, it could potentially lead to a lot of issues that could null your attempt to obtain benefits of a workers’ compensation claim. Problems that can emerge from failing to report your injury include:
- Your employer denying your medical treatment and out-of-work benefits.
- Workers’ compensation insurance carrier questioning why the accident was not reported or not reported on time.
- Your private insurance not covering the costs for medical care and ongoing treatment.
While you may fear that you will face some sort of repercussion for reporting your workplace accident, you aren’t doing yourself any favors by not doing so. If your claim was rejected in an unfair manner, it’s time to lawyer up with Lexington’s best.
Our attorneys are ready to defend your rights. Call us today at (859) 550-2900 or fill out an online contact form to receive a free consultation.
How the Workplace Accident Attorneys of Hare Wynn Can Help
Hare Wynn has taken care of the citizens of Lexington and the surrounding area for over 125 years, fighting to earn fair compensation for those that have been injured and taken advantage of by bad faith actors. Our roots are planted deep within the rolling hills and meadows of Kentucky, a community that we are glad to serve.
Because we have been around for so long, we have developed close professional ties with local medical, law enforcement, and accident reconstruction specialists, who help to give us a better understanding of what happened to you.
We work together with this team of professionals to develop the strongest workplace injury claim so that we can maximize the compensation you receive.
Our services include but are not limited to:
- Helping you collect the necessary evidence to file a solid claim.
- Helping you collect all necessary medical documentation.
- Submitting a demand letter, which is a formal notice to any third parties responsible for your injuries, that they are legally obligated to rectify the issue at hand.
- Negotiating with insurance companies so you can focus on recuperating from your traumatic experience.
If necessary, our trial lawyers will take the liable party to court. The Lexington personal injury attorneys of Hare Wynn are skilled in presenting evidence in court in a compelling, persuasive manner.
Contact Hare Wynn today at (859) 550-2900 for a free, no-obligation consultation.
Types of Workplace Accidents Hare Wynn Handles
The workplace accident attorneys at Hare Wynn have the experience necessary to represent those that have been injured in a variety of work-related accidents, including:
- Equipment accidents
- Exposure to toxic waste or chemicals
- Worksite explosions
- Unsafe work environments
- Injury from falling objects
- Electrical accidents
- Trips, slips, and falls (off of scaffolding, ladders, or roofs)
- Construction accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents
- Pipeline accidents
- Motor vehicle accidents (related to work responsibilities)
- Sexual harassment
While this list is extensive, it isn’t a complete one.
If you believe your loved one was the victim of a wrongful death accident, our personal injury attorneys are also capable of handling these types of cases.
Injuries Sustained in a Workplace Accident
A variety of injuries can stem from any of the accidents listed above. These types of injuries can affect your quality of life temporarily – and in some cases – permanently. Seek immediate medical attention if you sustain any of the following injuries at work:
- Sprains and strains
- Soft tissue tears
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Puncture wounds
- Neck and back injuries
- Broken, crushed, or shattered bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Respiratory issues and disorders
Even though some of these injuries seem minor, it would be in your best interest to report them to your employer. Failure to do so can make seeking compensation an uphill battle.
Damages You May Qualify For
Just because an accident happens at your job doesn’t mean that the injury you sustained clocks out when you do. Lasting effects can linger on for years, and often, they are not covered by workers’ compensation.
Depending on the circumstances of your workplace injury, our lawyers may be able to help you obtain damages for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Full compensation for lost earnings
- Funeral expenses
When workers’ compensation fails you, trust in the Lexington personal injury attorneys at Hare Wynn to help you obtain maximum compensation for your injuries.
Contact a Workplace Injury Attorney
You work hard to provide food and shelter for your loved ones. Let Hare Wynn work hard to represent you. We are proud to stand beside you when you need it most.
If you have suffered a workplace injury, contact Hare Wynn at (859) 550-2900 or fill out our contact form for your free, no-obligation legal consultation.