Do I Need an Attorney for a Workplace Accident in Mobile, AL?
Accidents in the workplace can cause serious injuries. Examples include back and neck injuries, knee injuries, broken bones, burns, traumatic brain injury (TBI), respiratory disorders and carpal tunnel syndrome. Injured employees may be unable to work temporarily-or in some cases permanently.
Workplace accidents are fairly common, and can leave employees seriously injured. Workers can be hurt as a result of overexertion, slips and falls, falling debris, or using defective equipment. If you've been injured on the job in Alabama or Mississippi, you are entitled to compensation.
The Mobile, AL work injury lawyers at Braswell Murphy, LLC can help if you've been injured in a workplace accident. Whether filing a workers' compensation claim or taking action against a negligent third party, we can provide the drive and determined representation that gets results. Contact us to make an appointment for a free case evaluation.
"Should I hire a lawyer to collect workers' compensation benefits?"
Legal representation may be needed in some workers' compensation claims. There is no need to prove negligence to receive workers' compensation benefits. The insurance system covers the costs of medical expenses for injured employees, and also provides partial wages while the employees is unable to work. All an injured worker has to do is fill out a claim form and submit it.
But we've seen many times that it is not always that simple. Claims can be denied. Employers sometimes challenge the extent of the injury. Or they harass or intimidate employees who file claims. That's when you need an attorney who has experience helping people who have been injured in an accident.
If your claim is denied, we can represent you in the appeals process. We can help you get a second medical opinion that proves the extent of your injury. And if your employer engages in harassment or intimidation because you filed a claim, we will take action to make it stop.
"Can I sue if I've been injured in a workplace accident?"
In some cases, you can sue your employer for injuries in a workplace accident if that employer was negligent. Workers' compensation insurance is set up to pay the costs of medical treatment for your injury and partial wages if your injury prevents you from working. And there is no need to prove negligence. But if a third party's negligence caused your injury, you can pursue legal action against them. Third parties can include contractors or equipment manufacturers.
Unlike workers' compensation benefits, an injured worker can seek additional damages in a suit against a third party. These damages include past and future medical bills, past and future loss of earnings, loss of enjoyment of life and pain and suffering. These damages can be sought in addition to workers' compensation benefits.
Third-party claims can be complicated and lengthy. The party may deny responsibility, leaving it to the injured person to prove negligence. You need an experienced, determined lawyer who can prove negligence and get results. Our firm has investigators and access to experts who can prove a third party was at fault for your injury. We will build the strongest case possible to pressure the third party into making a favorable settlement offer. And if they don't, we will be prepared to fight them in court.