The industrial workspace employs millions of workers around the United States. Employees are responsible for everything from handling corrosive chemicals to soldering electronics and packing boxes. However, despite steps taken to improve safety thousands of workers still fall prey to injured limbs, exposure to toxic chemicals, burns, falls and even death.
Some frequent industrial accidents may include electrocution, being hit by objects, exposure to toxins, fires, explosions, amputations, etc. Even the least severe of these accidents can keep employees out of work for several days.
As per the established workers’ compensation law industrial workers who are involved in an accident qualify for compensation as soon as possible. All that’s required is for the worker to inform his or her supervisor or manager formally, in writing and some states even a verbal confirmation is binding.
Industrial workers’ compensation is arguably the most important type of compensation mainly because most industrial accidents can be severe which impedes the person from earning a living to support their families. The compensation helps to cover expenses like loss of income, medical bills, and other expenses. The benefits cannot be stopped even if the accident was caused by the worker’s own negligence, so they are entitled to all the benefits under the law regardless of fault.
The compensation also covers industrial workers who suffer from ailments, and illnesses developed over the course of several years like back issues, and carpal tunnel syndrome which is usually a problem with assembly line workers or those with desk jobs.
Hiring an experienced attorney helps to ensure that all the required formalities are met in a timely fashion. Not to mention the fact that the injured party can focus on recovering from their injuries while the attorney works with their best interest in mind hopefully ensuring a speedy recovery.
Who can apply for compensation?
What to do and how to get paid?
Industrial accidents in most cases lead to significant injuries many of which can be life-altering. That’s why employees injured regardless of the extent of their injuries are eligible for immediate medical attention which is covered by the employer. If the injuries result in short or long-term disability, it is the employer who is tasked with paying a portion of the person’s wages. The only requirement for the employee is to inform the employer of the accident within 21 days. Plus they may also:
- Furnish all formal paperwork that’s something with the company’s HR department should help with
- Submit medical reports generally available from the hospital
- Report the accident to their bosses or anyone else in charge it can be a verbal or in-writing report which covers what happened and how it happened in most cases.
When to apply for compensation?
|Those who have been hurt in an industrial accident need to report and apply for compensation within 21 days of the incident|
|If the worker experiences either temporary or permanent disability caused by the accident|
|If the worker experiences illness as a result of the accident which can be associated with toxic. chemicals|
|If the worker lost his life in the accident|
What is important to know?
It goes without saying that some jobs are inherently riskier than others which is especially true for jobs in the industrial sector. Factory workers are at more risk of injury at work than most other occupations. Those who are injured at work are almost always entitled to workers’ compensation.
Industrial accidents can be anything from chemical injuries, deafness, carbon monoxide poisoning, asbestos, etc. All of these can have long-lasting effects on your ability to work as well as health which is why you deserve adequate compensation.
As per US law, all workers have a right to compensation when they are injured at the workplace doing their job. Businesses have a responsibility to ensure that their employees are well taken care of in the event of an accident. Plus, companies have a responsibility to ensure that industrial accidents are minimized by incorporating all the required safety procedures. That’s why making a claim after an industrial accident is so important because it helps you to claim compensation in addition to the business covering medical expenses. Not to mention the fact that it can result in an overall safer work environment since issues which caused the industrial accident is highlighted and consequently can be fixed.
It is unfortunate that employers routinely reject often legitimate claims of compensation because they are counting on employees not appealing the decision. In fact, these employers are correct because 80% of injured industrial workers don’t appeal and accept that they have been denied compensation. We would ask that you stand up for your rights. If you have been hurt the law is on your side, and a professional attorney with experience can help get you compensation. Not to mention the fact that employers can’t fire you for seeking compensation.