Know Your Rights When You Get Hurt On The Job
Every day, people in the United States are hurt while at work. Sometimes they slip and fall, sometimes they suffer from repetitive use or strain and sometimes they are injured in a vehicle accident or by the equipment they use.
No matter what the cause of your injury, it’s important you understand both your rights and your options to pursue compensation. I started my firm, Larry A. Calvo, Attorney at Law, to be able to provide workers in Illinois and Missouri the kind of personal attention and commitment they need to attain a successful resolution to their injury issue.
Types Of At-Work Injuries I Represent
You may be injured at work in numerous ways. Many jobs are rife with hazards. Managers and those in charge do not always follow safety precautions. Any time you are hurt at work and want legal advice, my door is open. Here are some of the more common injuries I assist with:
- Cuts, lacerations, burns, sprains, broken legs and lost fingers or toes
- Construction site injuries, including head, neck, back and brain injuries
- Repetitive/overuse use injuries from manufacturing, line work or computer work
- Occupational disease, such as asbestosis or mesothelioma
- Hearing or vision loss
- Mental health injuries related to stress or trauma on the job
If you were injured in a car crash while doing your job, you may also be eligible for compensation. If equipment failure was the cause of your injury, a third-party lawsuit may be advisable. Third-party lawsuits are a type of personal injury case. I can guide you through the process, take care of the paperwork and filing, and offer support and guidance every step of the way.
What Workers’ Compensation Can Cover
Workers’ compensation is the insurance coverage an employer must have to safeguard the health and well-being of employees. Typically, the following are covered under an employer’s insurance policy:
- Your lost wages. This is the money you were unable to earn due to being in recovery and unable to work.
- All medical expenses. These include the cost for the medicine, care and equipment you need.
- Any vocational rehabilitation. This includes modifications to your existing job or training for a new position.
- Death benefits to the family of an employee who dies in a work-related accident. These are for funeral and expenses related to the death. A wrongful death claim may also be pursued.
The laws vary by state. Illinois and Missouri are slightly different. I can advise you of your rights to compensation for the state where your injury occurred.
I Help Union Workers Get The Help They Need
If you are a union worker who suffered injuries while performing work duties, you may have additional rights. I know that it can feel overwhelming when you are injured and are trying to figure out what your rights are and what you need to do to file a claim.
It’s important to know that:
- You may have union benefits available in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits.
- These benefits may be different from your employer’s regular workers’ compensation benefits.
- Some unions retain addition funds to provide their members with benefits if they are injured.
I can help ensure you are getting all of the benefits you are entitled to if you belong to a union.
Get Straightforward Answers In A No-Cost Visit Or Call
After an accident at work, it can be confusing as to what to do, whom to call and what your rights to compensation are. This process can be even more unclear when there is a third party involved. I am here to help you understand your rights and options. I offer a free initial consultation in my office or over the phone. Email me a bit about what happened or give the Edwardsville office a call to speak with me: 618-614-6067.