Common Causes of Fatal Work Accidents in Ohio
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Legal Help for the Injured
Thousands of people are hurt in workplace accidents every year. Whether it occurs due to a simple mistake or negligence, most employees in Ohio are given the opportunity to collect workers’ compensation benefits. While these benefits can provide the funds you need for recuperation, workers’ comp benefits are not always sufficient. You may need to file a third-party work injury lawsuit to obtain the maximum compensation you deserve.
Our Cleveland work injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have centuries of combined legal experience and a long history of fighting for injured Ohio workers. We understand your needs, which is why we will work tirelessly to give your case the best possible chance of success.
If you have questions about pursuing a workers comp claim or filing a work injury lawsuit, call a workers’ comp lawyer with KNR at (216) 658-1330. We offer free initial consults, and there are no upfront fees.
At Kisling, Nestico, & Redick, we represent many Cleveland-area employees who have sustained a variety of work accident injuries. Some of the most common work accidents occur in these industries and scenarios:
In Ohio, workers’ compensation is a state-mandated program that is designed to protect both employees and employers. It provides injured workers a range of financial and medical benefits, such as health coverage and compensation for lost wages. This coverage also covers an employee who develops an illness caused by their surroundings.
While the benefits are helpful, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) program most often benefits employers. If an employee is injured on the job and accepts workers’ compensation benefits, they may not be able to sue their employers, regardless of the cause of the accident.
If you are hurt on the job, your accident may have been caused by someone other than yourself or your employer. In situations involving a third party’s negligence, an injured employee can file a lawsuit against the person or company responsible for their injuries in addition to receiving workers’ compensation benefits.
While workers’ compensation may cover medical bills and a portion of your lost wages, a third-party liability claim can provide you with a settlement or jury award to pay for other losses such as your pain and suffering, emotional distress, and a decrease of enjoyment of life.
Unlike workers’ compensation claims where the law dictates the amount of compensation you receive, settlements in third-party claims are determined by the value of your claim.
Our lawyers work with many clients who have been injured on the job because a party other than their employer is at least partially responsible. Some examples of third-party claims include:
Fight for Everything You’re Owed
Regardless of the employer, an employee injured on the job can access a specific set of benefits.
The surviving family members of an employee who is killed on the job are entitled to receive compensation for both the pain and suffering that comes with the loss of a loved one, as well as financial compensation. In addition to funds that can be used to cover funeral costs, dependent family members may be able to recover compensation for lost wages.
Being injured in a workplace accident can lead to significant injuries as well as high medical costs. Ohio workers’ compensation covers medical care, rehabilitation, counseling, prosthetics, and acupuncture expenses.
Often, a work injury can result in a temporary or permanent leave of absence from work. During this time, workers’ compensation provides injured employees with funds based on the amount they were earning before the injury was sustained.
The employee may require physical and mental rehabilitation if the injury sustained in a workplace accident is significant. This category of benefits also covers the cost of resources that are necessary for reentering the workforce, such as tuition and job training.
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What Makes KNR Special?
There are few things more terrifying than being helpless because of a workplace injury. With the stress of paying bills and getting your life back on track, you may not be able to take on a legal battle on your own.
Our work injury lawyers at KNR know how difficult these situations can be. We will guide you through every step of the legal process. With our help, you may be able to obtain funds for your injuries.