Workplace Injuries and Accident Attorney

Severe injuries and serious accidents often occur at construction sites, industrial plants, or other workplaces due to the negligence of co-workers, subcontractors, or employers. Even less severe injuries can still leave you with medical bills and other costs. If you have been injured on the job, you have the right to have a workplace injury lawyer in Huntsville, AL help you recover for your injuries.

Common Workplace Injuries and Accidents

There are many possible causes of injuries in the workplace such as burns, crush injuries, and falls. Some jobs, like construction work, are more dangerous than others. The fact that a job may be dangerous does not mean that your employer and others at the jobsite do not need to take reasonable steps to keep you safe.

What is the Legal Process for a Workplace Injury Case?

There are two ways to recover for a workplace injury. Many claims go through workers' compensation. Workers' compensation is a special insurance that employers obtain to pay to cover employees’ injuries from workplace accidents. Like any insurance, there is a chance of having your claim denied or undervalued. You may need a lawyer to help you get what you are entitled to.

Unfortunately for workers, workers’ compensation benefits are inadequate. Workers’ compensation benefits are limited to medical benefits and partial lost wages. There is no compensation for pain and suffering or mental anguish. 

The benefit of workers’ compensation is that the employee does not need to prove that the employer is at fault in order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits are the same whether the employee, employer, or co-workers were the cause of the accident. 

There are a few exceptions where a worker can receive compensation for benefits other than those provided by workers’ compensation. These exceptions include claims against co-workers for the intentional removal of a safety guard or claims against contractors. These exceptions usually occur in a construction work environment or industrial plant environment. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do you have to through workers' compensation? Usually. Most workplace injuries are covered by workers' compensation by law. However, you may have damages not covered by workers' compensation or your claim may be wrongfully denied.
  • Who decides what your injury is worth? It is ultimately the judge, not your employer or an insurance company, who decides the value of your case. A workplace injury lawyer, can help you make sure you get what you are entitled to.
  • Can you get fired for filing an injury claim? Worker's compensation laws give you protection for exercising your rights to recover for your injuries. Illegal retaliation by your employer may give you grounds for a separate lawsuit.

Contact a Workplace Injury Lawyer in Huntsville, AL

Garnett & Patterson exclusively represents workers who are victims of workplace accidents. Our attorneys do not represent any large corporations, insurance companies, government entities, or other large employers. If you have sustained a severe on the job injury, contact our workplace injury lawyers to see whether you need the assistance of a lawyer. Contact us now to schedule a free, confidential consultation to learn more about your rights to recover for your workplace injury.