Do you know anyone who’s suffered a workplace injury? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. recorded 4,764 fatal work injuries in 2020 alone. To put these statistics into perspective, 4,764 workers died of workplace injuries during a pandemic year in which most businesses and organizations were locked down or otherwise inoperable. The rate of deadly work injuries was 3.4 fatalities per 100,000 full-time employees. Should you or a loved one suffer injuries at work due to the employer’s negligence, you qualify for compensation. The first thing to do upon sustaining an injury while at work is to contact your injury attorney. They can ensure you receive the maximum compensation possible. Here are two ways an injury attorney can help you with your case.
1. They Know Your Rights
Most people think a personal injury attorney only deals with car accident cases. However, this is far from the truth. In reality, these attorneys deal with “personal injury” in the broadest sense, including workplace injuries precipitated by negligence by organizations or other people. Among these personal injuries, one can seek compensation for slip-and-fall accidents, animal attacks, dog bites, accidents at nursing homes caused by neglect and abuse, construction site mishaps, and even medical malpractice cases. Laws for personal injury vary depending on your state, which could be tricky if you’re seeking to represent yourself. A personal injury attorney understands the state-specific laws and can explain your rights.
2. They’ll Investigate Your Case
The trial preparation and discovery stages are critical to a personal injury case. Your injury attorney will contact expert witnesses to help them investigate your case. They’ll also gather as much evidence related to your case as possible. All these efforts will strengthen your compensation claim. In some cases, a personal injury attorney will conduct in-person and on-site investigations in search of credible evidence. Others may decide to hire a private investigator to track down witnesses and interview them. The investigators will also collect site videos and photos of the accident scene and the vehicles involved.
An injury attorney can help you get the best compensation from an insurance company. They understand the ins and outs of personal injury cases and how to navigate the murky waters of establishing who was at fault — or, in case of a workplace injury, obtaining the maximum compensation from the insurance company and your employer. Contact us at Wegmann Law Firm today to learn more about the services of personal injury attorneys. We’d love to tell you more about how we can help.