Workplace Accident Attorneys
Gainesville Workplace Accident Lawyers
If you’ve been seriously injured on the job, you have the right to seek compensation.
A workplace accident can happen in any environment, including offices, retail stores, warehouses, construction sites, schools and restaurants. Many people associate workplace accidents with heavy duty jobs like construction workers, industrial workers and public works employees, but the truth is that any accident at work can lead to serious injury. And when a worker is injured, it can be a confusing and frightening experience. There’s the pain and experience of being injured, coupled with the rush of adrenaline that many feel which can be disorientating. But the anxiety a worker feels can continue as medical bills pile up, wages are lost due to the inability to work, and many other complications that can arise stemming from a workplace accident.
Workers' Compensation Claims
Many workers who are injured in a workplace accident may be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. The personal injury attorneys of Warner, Sechrest & Butts can help you determine whether you situation makes you eligible for benefits, and we can help you file a workers’ compensation claim. However, there may be circumstances in which additional compensation can be claimed by a person who is injured. If someone is at fault for your workplace accident injuries, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit.
There are countless ways and reasons why a person may be injured while working. Poor training, insufficient safety equipment, inadequate lighting, unsafe work conditions, negligent employers, inattentive machine operators, machinery malfunctions and much, much more. When something goes wrong at work, and a person is injured, there is often a person who can be held accountable for the injury. Even if you feel that your injuries were a result of your own actions, you may still be eligible for compensation.
All employees should be able to expect a certain level of safety at work. Inadequate outdoor lighting may allow for an attack or be the cause of someone falling on stairs. The lack of the proper amount of safety equipment could lead to serious injury in many industries. If another person’s decisions, actions or inactions have contributed to your accident, then our attorneys can help you file a personal injury lawsuit.
What to Do if You’re Injured
If you’re injured in a workplace accident, it is important that you do three things: file a workers’ compensation report, seek medical attention, and consult a personal injury lawyer. There are many other actions that need to be taken, and a qualified personal injury attorney can help you while you are injured and unable to perform certain duties on your own. Two important things that many workers don’t consider are recording the details of the accident and surrounding area and compiling witness contact information and witness statements. An experienced attorney for injury, like those of Warner, Sechrest & Butts, can help document the scene of the accident as well as contact witnesses and collect evidence. It is important that proof of any hazards that caused the accident is obtained, through video, photos or witness statements that can corroborate a victim’s account. In some cases, employers or insurance companies will try to cover up hazards by repairing or removing them, so you must act quickly.
Seeking medical attention is obvious when injuries require immediate attention. However, when injured in a workplace accident, you should always be checked out by a doctor for a couple of reasons. First, some injuries or conditions may not be identifiable to a person without medical knowledge. Second, it is better to have a documented record of your injuries should you decide to file a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit. Third, more serious issues could arise later that stem from the original injuries. Without a medical record of your workplace accident injuries, it can be difficult to prove that the new complications correlate to the injuries suffered as a result of the accident.
Contact a Personal Injury Law Firm
If you’ve been injured in a workplace accident, contact a professional personal injury law firm like Warner, Sechrest & Butts. Our accident attorneys have the experience necessary to help you deal with insurance companies and negligent bosses, as well as helping you file insurance claims, workers’ compensation claims, disability claims and a personal injury lawsuit. We’ll stand with you during the entire process, from the free consultation through mediation, trial and even appeals. Contacting a Gainesville law firm does not mean you are obligated to file a lawsuit, but it is best to have the expert counsel of a professional so you can make the right decisions for yourself and your family. Don’t delay -- if you’ve been injured, contact us as soon as possible.