Workplace Accidents and Injuries: Your Options
Believe it or not, you can get injured at work, whatever kind of place you work in. You may work in a construction site, which is obviously hazardous in itself, or you may work in an office building, which can be considered relatively safer, and you can still get hurt either way.
You might be asking, what are the hazards in office buildings anyway? There are a lot, such as defective escalators and elevators, malfunctioning appliances and office equipment, slip and fall hazards such as piles of documents, opened cabinets, loose wires, and carpets, and fire hazards, like overheating electronics, overused wiring systems, and combustible materials that can be near these things.
But if you do get hurt in a workplace accident and has sustained an injury, what do you do? You have two options.
Getting injured while working is devastating, both for your personal and working life. The injury can limit you temporarily or permanently. This injury can also affect the way you work, and possibly even your future employment opportunities, especially if the injury is permanent. There is also the financial burden of medical costs.
Because of these damages, you may have legal options. This is especially true if your employer, supervisor, or any other responsible party, has been negligent or reckless, resulting into the accident and injury.
According to the website of Scudder & Hedrick, PLLC, those who have been hurt on the job may be entitled to workers’ compensation. But what is workers’ compensation exactly? It is some form of financial security, like an insurance, wherein an employee who has been hurt can get money, usually calculated in relation to his salary.
Most of the time, those who choose to go for workers’ compensation are required to give up their right to sue their employers. This can be a good thing for either party. The employee can get financial assurance, while the employer can prevent unnecessary expenses in the form of legal matters. It also boosts employer-employee relationships.