Accidents can happen in any place, at any type of job. A security guard in Riverside learned that painful lesson in 2013 when a reversing forklift ran over his leg, leading to amputation. After years of surgery and legal action, a jury awarded him $17 million in response. The Riverside case shows not only that workplace accidents are covered, but just how severe they can be.
While most people are familiar with workers' compensation, it's a passing knowledge and not an in-depth understanding of how it can help. The basic concept is that you deserve compensation for ill health that comes as a result of your job. Traditionally, workers' compensation covers medical expenses and lost wages and, in some cases, mental injuries. There is no requirement to prove guilt or negligence: just that the injury was work-related.
Depending on the industry, some common workers' compensation claims include:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Falling objects
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Machinery or tool accidents
- Repetition stress in juries
Your right to protection
Anyone injured on the job has the right to a workers' compensation claim. While many injured workers file the paperwork themselves, a skilled attorney can ensure proper documentation: using adequate resources and within the proper timeframe. Many workers' compensation claims are denied, and you also have the right to appeal the decision.
The tragic forklift accident in Riverside is only one example. There are over 800,000 injured workers in California each year. When injured, it's important to stop, document the situation, seek medical treatment and to allow time for a proper recovery. Workers compensation is an essential program to help you through a challenging time.