Ohio work accident attorneys representing victims who have suffered a variety of on-the-job injuries
You might have gone to work every day for years without incident, but one day an accident happens and everything changes. If you were injured on the job in Ohio and Pennsylvania, you might not be able to work for weeks or months or even longer. If your loved one was hurt while working, you might be worried about your long-term prospects.
Whether the accident happened to you or a loved one, the aftermath can be an extremely difficult time. It's easy to get confused when you try to handle the details on your own. Federal and state laws seem to change constantly concerning workplace accidents. There might even be some confusion at your workplace concerning your employer's legal obligations, including whether you're entitled to workers' compensation for you workplace injury.
With so much at stake, it's wise to discuss the details of your case with an experienced Ohio workplace accident attorney as soon as possible. Contact Gervelis Law Firm and schedule a free case evaluation. We can explain all the legal options available to you. Contact us online or simply call (866) 622-4096 right now.
What are common workplace accidents?
Workplace accidents cover a wide range. In some cases, an employee who is driving a car or truck might get injured in a traffic accident. But there are many other settings for workplace accidents. That's because workers perform many different jobs that present a variety of risks. Some of the most common workplace accidents we deal with at our law firm include:
- Construction accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Office accidents
- Retail store accidents
- Warehouse accidents
If you were injured on the job, seek immediate medical treatment and promptly report the accident to your employer. Don't wait to contact our law firm. We can help you sort through all the details of your workplace accident and help you make smart legal decisions.
Do I need to hire an attorney for a workers' compensation claim?
If you were injured on the job, you likely will be entitled workers' compensation benefits, also known as workman's comp. A business with any employees in Ohio and Pennsylvania must have an active workers' compensation policy to cover employees who sustain an injury on the job. Except in very few cases, it doesn't matter if you were at fault or your company was at fault. You will be entitled to workers' compensation benefits for your accident. The insurance will pay for your medical treatment, lost wages and any permanent impairments you might have suffered.
We urge you to contact our law firm about your workers' compensation claim, especially if you were severely injured or your claim was denied. You need to make sure your rights are protected. The process can become complex. Your employer or its insurance company may try to keep benefits from you, either by denying the claim or delaying the processing of the claim. Even if you have benefits, your employer or the insurance company may pressure you to return to work before you are ready.
In some cases involving negligence of third parties, you may be able to file a lawsuit and receive damages that go beyond the workers' compensation claim. You may be entitled to pain and suffering and other damages if a company other than your employer or a person who doesn't work for your company was responsible.
What are common workplace accident injuries?
Work injuries vary depending on the nature of the job. Sometimes, a sudden, violent event can cause a catastrophic injury. Other times, injuries can develop slowly over time. Common workplace accident injuries include:
- Back injuries
- Broken bones
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Whatever type of injury you're dealing with, our law firm can handle all the red tape so you can focus on your physical recovery. This includes dealing with your employer, insurance companies and anyone else investigating your workplace accident. Your best interests come first here.
Why do workplace accidents happen?
Accidents at work can happen for any number of reasons, but the following are some of the most common, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Falls from a height
- Slip and fall accidents
- Struck by an object
- Violent attacks
Many other causes of workplace accidents exist, including electrocution, exposure to toxic chemicals and repeatedly performing the same physical task, a common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome.
How can Gervelis Law Firm help me with my workplace accident claim?
Many people think they don't have to hire a lawyer if they get hurt on the job. They assume that all they have to do is tell their supervisor they were hurt on the job and they will receive workers compensation.
While you might not need a lawyer for some minor injuries, if the injury is serious or you have questions don't hesitate to speak with an attorney as soon as possible. Ohio's worker compensation laws can be extremely complicated. Sometimes, injured workers have a hard time obtaining workers comp.
Anyone who works a construction job in Ohio or Pennsylvania probably knows it's one of the most dangerous jobs. A fall from a roof can result in a spinal cord injury or a traumatic brain injury. An explosion can lead to serious burns. The financial impact can be astronomical. You or your family may be facing hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses related to medical treatment and care over the course of a lifetime. Our Ohio construction accident attorneys represent families dealing with the aftermath of a serious or fatal construction accident in Youngstown, Akron or another community in northeast Ohio.
There are so many reasons why construction accidents happen. Common causes we regularly encounter include falls from scaffolding, forklift accidents, electrocution, explosions, fires and other catastrophic events.
We help injured construction workers and their families obtain money and benefits that go beyond a workers' compensation claim. An accident caused by someone working for another company or related to faulty equipment or tools might lead to what is known as a third-party liability claim. In such cases, we can file a personal injury claim against a party other than your employer.
Workplace accidents sometimes happen in warehouses, factories and other industrial sites in Ohio and western Pennsylvania. When accidents happen in places like refineries, chemical plants and other industrial work sites, the injuries can often be severe or sometimes even fatal. If you work around large equipment, heavy machinery or with chemicals or potentially explosive materials, you likely understand the risks.
Some of the most common causes of industrial accidents we regularly deal with at our law firm include repetitive motion injuries, exposure to hazardous materials, explosions, unsafe working conditions and reckless behavior by co-workers.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries or died in an industrial accident, don't hesitate to contact us. Attorney Gervelis and his talented legal team want to work with you and make sure your accident claim receives the attention it rightfully deserves. Allow us to handle all the red tape so you can focus on what really matters - your recovery.