Workplace accidents are bound to happen no matter where you work. Injuries from accidents at work can be severe, affecting a worker’s life, relationships, and livelihood. If you experience an accident at work that’s left you injured, you’re not alone. A workplace accident lawyer at Lowcountry Law, LLC is ready to provide quality legal assistance.
Common Examples of Workplace Accidents
Workplace accidents can happen at any time, often without warning. Workplace accidents usually depend on the industry and work environment but regularly include:
- Falls from heights
- Slip and falls
- Car accidents
- Getting struck by an object
- Malfunctioning equipment or machinery
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the four most common types of workplace accidents that result in fatalities are:
- Struck-by accidents
- Caught in/between accidents
A wide range of things in the workplace can cause accidents, from improperly maintained equipment to lack of worker training.
Workplace Accident Injuries
Injuries resulting from workplace accidents may include:
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Injuries resulting in amputation
- Internal injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Many workers can physically recover from their workplace injuries, but if the injury is severe enough, it can leave a person facing long-term consequences. In the most unfortunate cases, a workplace accident results in a worker’s death.
Workers’ Compensation in South Carolina
Most employers in South Carolina are legally required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their employees.
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides benefits to injured workers. Benefits could include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Disability benefits
Workers’ comp is no-fault insurance, which means that blame does not have to be assigned for an injured worker to recover financially. Because the insurance is no-fault, workers are not entitled to file a lawsuit against their employer.
In many cases, filing a workers’ compensation claim with a workplace accident lawyer is the exclusive way a worker can go about obtaining financial recovery for their injuries. In some situations, exceptions may exist.
Potential Third-Party Lawsuits
While workers’ comp is often the route you must take to get compensation for a workplace accident, you may be entitled to file a lawsuit if a third party caused your injuries.
Workers’ compensation does not legally allow an injured worker to hold their employer liable for their accident or injuries, but it also doesn’t offer protection to third parties. Filing a personal injury lawsuit allows you to seek justice and compensation for the role the third party played in your workplace accident.
Speak to a Workplace Accident Lawyer
A workplace accident lawyer will review the details of your case to determine what caused your accident and who could potentially be responsible. You can rely on your attorney to give you quality legal advice and help ensure that you get maximum compensation for your injuries.
Lowcountry Law, LLC is experienced in protecting the rights of workers injured in workplace accidents. We understand the frustration and stress that come after experiencing a workplace accident, and we’ll do everything we can to help make it right.
Our firm has two convenient locations in Mount Pleasant and Myrtle Beach. Contact us to schedule your free consultation, and let’s discuss your case.