When people go to work every day, they rarely expect that they will be involved in an accident that causes serious injuries. However, it is important that safety precautions are taken at all places of work, even those that do not seem dangerous. This is because a workplace accident can happen in any environment, causing life-changing injuries to those who are involved. When this happens, employees should know that compensation can be sought for the damages incurred. When facing this situation, it is important to have the assistance of a Maryland personal injury attorney.
How Can a Workplace Accident Happen?
All employers in Maryland are required to ensure their employees are safe while they are working. This is done by providing them the proper safety equipment and training to avoid injuries. Failure to do so can result in certain dangers that have the potential to cause the following accidents:
- Slip and falls
- Muscle strains
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Crashes or collisions
- Inhaling toxic fumes
- Loud noise exposure
- Being hit by falling objects
How Can I Recover Compensation?
When an employee is injured in their place of work, it is imperative that they report the accident to their employer immediately. This allows the process of recovering workers’ compensation to begin. This is insurance that provides injured employees with certain benefits in order to cover the damages due to the accident. This can include medical care, supplemental benefits, long-term benefits, and death benefits.
It is important to know that there are other situations in which the employer is not at fault for the accident. Instead, it could have been caused by a third party. This may be a subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, designer, etc. When this happens, injured parties are able to file a lawsuit against the third party for negligence. If they are successful in proving negligence, compensation may be recovered for the damages they incurred. However, if they had received workers’ compensation, they may be required to pay it back.
Contact our Firm
The Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz has decades of experience representing clients in Howard County and Anne Arundel County, Maryland who have been charged with a crime or injured by another party’s negligence. Contact the Law Offices of Debra A. Saltz today to discuss your case.