Many Ohioans unknowingly work in jobs that pose risks of injury. Sometimes the danger is hidden and other times it is masked by safety procedures put in place by employers. Though employers have a duty to protect their employees from harm, sometimes unsafe working conditions or workplace accidents lead to injuries. One such accident occurred recently and left one worker injured.
There, a worker at a materials company was injured after a truck fell on him. Co-workers rushed to the man’s aid and performed CPR. The victim was rushed to the hospital where he remains in critical condition. While the cause of the accident is unclear at this time, the injured worker may have a claim for workers’ compensation.
Employers carry insurance to cover employees who are injured while within their scope of employment. The payouts from this insurance is intended to help injured workers survive financially while recovering, including paying all or part of lost wages, medical expenses, and, if applicable, disability benefits. Unfortunately, though, all too often these claims are denied for various reasons.
An injured worker whose claim is denied may continue to seek compensation. To further his attempt to obtain the awards he deserves, the worker should consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss his options. By challenging a workers’ compensation claim denial, the attorney will develop a legal argument that seeks to prove the workplace accident that caused the worker’s injuries occurred within the scope of his employment. If the argument, which may be based on testimony, external evidence, and reports, succeeds, then the worker may be awarded the compensation he needs.
Workplace injuries happen more often than we care to think. But, though many do not like to think of being injured on the job, when it does happen it is important the victim knows the options available to him so he can be taken care of appropriately.
Source: Tristatehomepage.com, “Worker Injured After Truck Falls on Him,” Sep. 20, 2013