Every day, workers across the United States go to work in dangerous professions to earn an income and provide for their families. Workers in industrial professions, including factory workers, electricians, miners, and more, face an increased risk of injury while on the job.
Workers’ compensation laws exist to protect workers in every state by paying for the expenses of employees who are injured while performing job-related duties. Learn what constitutes a work injury and how to file a valid workers’ compensation claim to recover the compensation you deserve after an industrial accident.
What Constitutes a Work Injury?
By law, U.S. employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance which helps employees who have suffered a work-related injury pay for lost wages and medical treatment. A work-related injury is one that you sustained while you were doing something on behalf of your employer or during the course of employment.
Most work-related injuries occur in the workplace, but they also encompass those that occur in company-owned vehicles or other locations, as long as you were doing something related to your job.
Common examples of work-related injuries include the following:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome from too many hours at the computer
- Sprained ankle after falling from a telephone pole
- Traumatic brain injury from a car accident in a company vehicle
- Broken bones from tripping down the stairs at work
Those who work in industrial jobs face numerous hazards in their workplace each day, and as such, often deal with severe work-related injuries resulting from the following:
- Defective equipment
- Chemical spills
- Forklift accidents
- Gas poisoning
Filing a Valid Workers’ Compensation Claim
In order to recover compensation from your employer for any injuries sustained on the job, you will need to file a valid workers’ compensation claim.
First, you will need to find out if your profession is one that is covered under Alabama’s workers’ compensation laws. In this state, all employees are covered under workers’ compensation laws except for the following: domestic employees, farm laborers, casual employees, employees of a business with less than five people, licensed real estate brokers, and product demonstrators.
Second, you will need to prove that your injury occurred either on company property or during the course of business for your employer.
In order to navigate the process successfully, it’s in your best interest to contact an experienced personal injury attorney who can coordinate with your insurance company and ensure you recover the compensation you need and deserve to pay for unexpected medical expenses and lost wages.
Suffered an Industrial Accident? We Can Protect Your Rights
If you have suffered a workplace injury due to an industrial accident, our Mobile attorneys at Cunningham Bounds are prepared to fight for you. Your employer has a legal obligation to cover the cost of any injuries you sustained in your workplace, and we want to hold them accountable for you.
Since 1958, we have represented countless individuals across Alabama in a wide range of industrial accidents and wrongful death cases, and we have recovered millions for clients.
We encourage you to contact us today at (251) 299-0101 to learn how we can assist you too.