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Options for Seeking Workplace Injury Damages

When you are an employee injured on the job, it’s important to understand that filing a workers compensation claim with your state is not always the only recourse you have for recovery of damages for your injuries. Many claimants focus solely on filing a successful workers comp claim to cover medical costs and loss wages. But there are many reasons why your employer or a supplier may even be at fault. Here are a few reasons why it’s always important to speak with a workers compensation personal injury attorney whenever you find yourself injured on the job:

Employer Neglect: In many cases (like slip and falls) at a place of employment, the employer may be found responsible for the employee’s injuries. In a construction site, for instance, one expects the work environment to be more hazardous than your typical work space. However, when conditions are unreasonably dangerous and when an employer is aware and able to mitigate that danger and doesn’t, it’s possible that they are responsible for damages in your case. If, for instance, a spill occurs on a construction site and the employer is made aware of it, but no one is dispatched to clean up the area, should an employee carrying construction supplies slip and fall causing injuries, they may have a slip and fall personal injury claim and be able to recover damages.

Subcontractor Neglect:  If the workplace is one that is unnecessarily hazardous, and an employee is injured due to simple neglect on a site that is managed by a subcontractor, that subcontractor might be legally liable for resulting injuries. For instance, if an electrical engineering company is hired to manage the wiring for a commercial space by a larger construction entity and their engineer leaves live wiring in an open area for a time, during that time should a painter, for instance, enter the space and come in contact with that live wire and suffer shock and burns as a result, that engineering company may be held liable for the painter’s injuries.

Products Liability: If an employee is injured on the job as a result of the use of a product, the manufacturer or another entity in the chain of distribution could be at fault for resulting injuries. Under products liability law, it is possible that the manufacturer or the distributor could be at fault if the product itself was defective or if the product design was found to be defective. Also, if the product was inherently dangerous and no adequate instructions or warnings were provided by the manufacturer, products liability law could determine that the manufacturer and/or its surrogates could be liable for injuries.

Determining possible damages and options for damage recovery in any personal injury case can be difficult, to say the least. When someone is injured on the job, it’s all the more important to have the guidance of a skilled personal injury attorney who can help determine your options outside of standard state workers compensation.

Call the offices of Panio Law in Chicago if you are confused about your options and want the guidance of experienced workplace injury lawyers. We work hard for each of our clients to ensure they get the highest awards to which they are eligible. And we’ll work hard for you. Call us at 888.799.7561. We can help.

3 Mistakes That Often Hurt Your Personal Injury Claim

When a person is injured in an accident, it often results in a major disruption of their life. Often times there is a long recovery period, which may lead to an interruption in employment in addition to a reduced quality of life with potential impact on personal relationships.

Personal injury damages are a way courts help to make the injured party whole of those losses incurred in the accident. Unfortunately, many people who are entitled to damages don’t recover them or only recover a portion of what they are actually eligible to receive  in these cases. Avoid these 5 mistakes people often make when pursuing damages in personal injury cases and ensure you recover all that you are entitled to:

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Delayed Pain and Personal Injury

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A car accident can be an incredibly distressing and upsetting event, not just mentally or emotionally but also physically. The body takes quite a beating in some collisions and the damage done isn’t often most readily seen.

In fact, quite frequently, people involved in an accident don’t immediately notice resulting physical trauma at all. Many notice very few (if any) symptoms and often choose not to see a physician after the accident. It’s extremely important, whether or not one is immediately aware of physical pain or trauma after a car accident, that you take certain precautionary measures to protect yourself from damaging outcomes that often result in these cases.

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Kinds of Personal Injury Damages

When a person is awarded damages in a personal injury case, there is, of course, a distinct rationale behind the monetary award given. In most cases, the intent of monetary damages is to compensate the plaintiff for loss and/or damaging effects that result from an accident.

The defendant, or their insurer, is made to pay the award to the plaintiff (either by a court order or through negotiations) in an effort to make them "whole" of their loss as a result of the accident.

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Personal Injury Damages and What They Cover

Damages awarded in a personal injury case can seek to remedy a variety of issues that result from an accident. Below are a few descriptions of many of the variety of damages (compensatory and punitive) for which a plaintiff may be eligible in a personal injury case.

Medical:
In nearly every personal injury case a plaintiff will seek medical damages. Medical damages are meant to compensate the plaintiff for any medical treatment they have received as a result of the accident as well as an estimate of any future medical treatment to address those injuries or even future injuries that may stem from those injuries.

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