Going to work every day should not be something that we fear from physical standpoint. Yet, often individuals are hurt in workplace injuries that leave them with serious injuries. These injuries can be difficult to overcome, and the damages associated with them can be extensive. Medical expenses can quickly pile up, and these victims may miss work to focus on their health, causing them to be subjected to lost wages. As trying as this can be for workplace accident victims, they may find relief through workers’ compensation benefits.
This is the situation two Ohio workers found themselves in earlier this year when the trench they were working in collapsed. Reports indicated that a crew was working in the trench to install sewer pipes, leaving a 21-year-old injured. Another worker, 25-years-old, was also hurt as he attempted to assist the other victim.
The employer was recently cited for failing to remove the employees from the trench and failing to provide employees with proper safety equipment. Fortunately, victims, like these two, may be able to recover compensation for their losses through workers’ compensation claim.
However, a workers’ compensation claim is not always enough to cover one’s losses in these incidences. If it can be shown that the negligence of another caused one’s on-the-job injury, then additional compensation may be pursued via a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the facts, such a lawsuit may be available to the victims described above. It is worth remembering though, that workers’ compensation is usually provided to employees in exchange for a bar against filing a lawsuit against that employer.
Those who are hurt while on the job can be left in a difficult physical, emotional and financial position. By taking legal action, they may be able to reach an outcome that leaves them stable, while they are able to focus on reclaiming their health and getting back to work. To learn more about how to pursue this compensation, victims should think about speaking with an attorney experienced with these types of cases.