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In many workplaces, the risk of being injured by falling objects is higher than in others. Workers in the construction industry, in manufacturing and industrial settings, in warehouses, and in big-box retail stores are particularly vulnerable. In some instances, a work-related injury could be long-term and not fully heal, further complicating your life and finances. If you or a loved one are injured by a falling object on the job, you may be entitled to a workers’ compensation claim and potentially an additional settlement. As soon as you are able, contact a work injury attorney from Dan Chapman and Associates for a free and confidential case evaluation. We understand how to handle work injury claims and have dedicated our practice to helping clients recover from serious injuries.
OSHA Regulates Worksite Safety and Requires that Loose Objects Be Secured
Under the OSHA Falling Object Protection rule, when work is performed less than 6 feet, or at least 6 feet but less than 15 feet from the roof edge, the employer must:
- Ensure each employee is protected from the risk of falling by a guardrail system
- A safety net system to catch falling objects and employees
- A travel restraint system
- A personal fall arrest system
When these safety measures are not present and an injury results, the employer could be liable for the costs associated with your injuries. Workers’ compensation covers injuries that are experienced on the job, and in exchange for relief from direct liability by the employer, the employee is guaranteed coverage even if they caused the accident that injured them.
When injuries are caused by negligence or safety issues that are outside the scope of employment, you may be able to collect additional damages beyond your workers’ compensation coverage. Determining what you are entitled to and if your damages exceed the coverage provided by workers’ compensation insurance can be difficult, and the best way to maximize your compensation is by working with a workers’ compensation lawyer.
Workers’ Compensation Covers Your Medical Bills and Some Lost Earnings
When you are injured on the job, workers’ compensation provides you with coverage for your medical bills, and a portion of your lost earnings while you are out of work. In some situations, this may be all that you are entitled to. The amount of damages and compensation that you are entitled to depend upon the unique facts and circumstances of your case, and how the law and case precedent applies to them. In some instances, you can collect additional damages beyond what you are able to collect through workers’ compensation.
The purpose of pursuing compensation for your injuries is to put you in as close a position as possible as though the injury had not happened. If your injuries have impacted your ability to work or prevented you from returning at all, there could be additional benefits available to you. Connecting with a work injury attorney as soon as possible after your injury will support the best possible coverage for your damages.
Call Today If you Have Been Injured
Being injured on the job can put the brakes on your ability to earn and support your family, and can also change the way in which you live and enjoy your life. For a free assessment of your case to explore what damages might be available to you, schedule a consultation with Dan Chapman and Associates today!