As a construction worker, there might come a time when you are injured on the construction site. Depending on the employment situation at the time of the accident, you might qualify for workers’ compensation. However, not all job site accidents come with workers’ compensation benefits. Instead, it will depend on how the accident occurred, your employment status, and a few other factors.
Workers’ compensation is a law where most states require that employers cover their employees for work-related injuries, illnesses, or other accidents. The benefits of workers’ compensation are not the same as a personal injury claim. Instead, they only cover your lost wages, medical costs, and potential disability.
Under most workers’ compensation programs, you could receive:
First, you must report your injury to your employer. You have limited time to report this injury; therefore, you should report it (ideally) the same day it occurs. Next, it is important to hire an attorney. While you could file the claim and seek compensation yourself, the process of filing for and receiving workers’ compensation is complicated. Therefore, it is in your best interest to speak with an attorney that has experience with workers’ compensation claims and the construction industry.
Under Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia workers’ compensation laws, in most circumstances an injured employee cannot sue his employer for on-the-job injuries or occupational diseases. Where the negligence of someone other than the employer causes worker injuries, however, the injured employee may be entitled to sue the non-employer for damages. A non-employer can be a third party, such as a manufacturer of equipment or outside contracted employees. An experienced Maryland, Virginia or Washington, D.C. work injury lawyer can provide worker’s’ compensation help to determine the appropriate claim to file and help those hurt on the job recover compensation as quickly as possible.
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