Work is more than just a source of income. Often, it is a source of satisfaction and purpose. But when you are injured on the job, work can also be a source of pain and frustration. The work injury lawyer team at Michigan Injury Attorneys can help.
Most Michigan employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance, often referred to as “workers’ comp.” When someone is injured at work, even when the injury is their fault, they are usually covered by workers’ comp. In addition to covering the medical care and rehabilitation made necessary by the injury, workers’ compensation also covers a portion of lost wages for a certain period of time following the accident.
In some cases, a third party other than the employer or the employee is responsible for the injury. For example, when the employee is injured by a defective piece of manufacturing equipment or in a car accident caused by someone else while on the job. If you are injured at work, you may have a claim for your injury against the third party as well as a claim for workers’ compensation. It is important to pursue all of the compensation to which you are entitled, because workers’ comp alone may not cover all your needs.
It can be difficult to understand your rights to payment after an injury at work, and the distinction between a claim for workers’ compensation and a personal claim against a third party. In general, a personal injury claim may entitle you to broader compensation, including for:
In some cases, punitive damages may be available in a claim against a third party. Punitive damages are usually only available when the third party’s harmful conduct was reckless or intentional. For instance, if a supplier shipped a piece of manufacturing equipment to your employer, knowing that it was defective and dangerous, you might be entitled to punitive damages if you were then injured by the equipment.
It is essential to work with a work injury lawyer if you have been hurt at work. An attorney’s help can make it more likely that you will receive the workers’ comp you deserve. An injury attorney can also help you understand the extent of your damages, identify all parties who may be responsible, and advocate for you to receive the compensation you need to get your life back.
The ability to do meaningful work and support your family is important to you. A workplace injury can threaten that ability, temporarily or on a permanent basis. When you have been injured, your first thought may be of your immediate needs: how you will pay the household and medical bills that are piling up. Unfortunately, you may have longer-term needs, especially if you are unable to return to work or will need ongoing medical care.
The work injury lawyers at Michigan Injury Attorneys can help you pursue all the compensation to which you are entitled, both in the present and in the future. We know that when you have been hurt, filing a claim for your injury may not feel like a priority. Unfortunately, you only have a limited period of time in which to file a claim for a workplace injury. Once the statute of limitation expires, you can no longer file a personal injury lawsuit, no matter how serious your injuries.
We take the legal burden off your shoulders so that you can focus on what is really important: regaining your health and the ability to live your life to the fullest. Our attorneys work hard to get you a fair and favorable settlement as quickly as possible. However, if a settlement is not in your best interest, we are experienced litigators who are well-equipped to represent you at trial if necessary.
To learn more about what a workplace injury lawyer can do for you, contact Michigan Injury Attorneys today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with an attorney.