Common Causes of Fatal Work Accidents in Ohio
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At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we understand how difficult dealing with a work-related injury in Columbus, Ohio can be. You may struggle to stay afloat with the exorbitant cost of medical bills, rehabilitation, and lost wages.
Fortunately, most employers offer workers’ compensation. However, the benefits may not cover all your costs. If this is the case, or if the accident was caused by someone other than your employer, you may have the option to file a third-party injury lawsuit.
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At Kisling, Nestico, & Redick, we represent many Franklin County employees who have sustained all manner of work accident injuries.
Some of the most common work accidents are:
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 4,000 workers were killed in workplace accidents in 2015. Thousands more were injured, leading to indescribable anguish for victims and their families.
With so many work injuries, a safety net is necessary to help victims absorb treatment costs, income loss, and other losses.
The program protects employers by helping them avoid liability when workplace accidents occur. It also ensures employees’ medical costs are covered and mandates several other benefits. When an employee accepts their workers’ comp benefits, they often also agree to waive the right to file a lawsuit against their employer.
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According to the Ohio BWC, workers’ compensation coverage must be provided to all Ohio employees, with few exceptions. There are four types of workers’ compensation benefits that a victim may receive if they are injured in the workplace.
These benefits include all medical expenses, such as those associated with doctor’s visits, medication, and surgeries. In Ohio, workers’ compensation will even pay for other services, such as prosthetics, acupuncture, and counseling.
This category of benefits covers services that are necessary for physical recoveries, such as physical therapy. They can also be used to help you re-enter the workforce. Job training, tuition, and evaluation are all covered under workers’ compensation.
In some cases, a workplace injury may lead to a significant amount of time away from work. Severe disabilities can even lead to a permanent absence from the workforce. These benefits are used to cover your costs of living when you are unable to work due to your injury.
When a person is killed on the job, their family is entitled to receive compensation. For any family member who was financially dependent on the deceased, it is possible to receive funds for loss of financial support and funeral and burial costs.
Third-party liability describes an accident that is caused by someone other than you or your employer. In most cases of this type, a person sustains an injury in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of another person or company.
Not only does the victim receive their workers’ compensation benefits, but they also can file a lawsuit. Third-party liability lawsuits are often pursued to obtain funds for specific losses, such as pain and suffering.
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.
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Sustaining an injury at work can be a traumatic experience. With immense pain, concerned family members, and enormous medical costs, you may not know how you will be able to ensure that you are treated fairly.
Our Columbus workers’ compensation attorneys at Kisling, Nestico & Redick have extensive experience obtaining maximum compensation for injuries. We will guide you through every step of the legal process. With our help, you may be able to obtain the max for your injuries.