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Across the U.S., millions of people are injured each year at work. Thousands of workplace accidents result in serious injuries and even death. Employees who are injured while on the job are entitled to just compensation for their injuries.

Family members may be entitled to compensation for a loved one who was fatally injured while on the job. Depending on the injury, a worker may be entitled to various means of compensation. Employees who have suffered a work injury should seek the advice of an experienced Santa Clarita on-the-job accident attorney. The lawyers at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry & Katz have the resources and knowledge required to identify and litigate all the available claims open to an employee.

On-the job-accidents

According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, for the latest reporting year, there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries and over 5,000 fatal work injuries. In California, from the latest California Department of Industrial Relations Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Report, and Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses Report there were roughly 40 fatal work injuries and 483,000 nonfatal work injuries—which is about 17% of all U.S. incidents.

The National Safety Council has found that the top three leading causes of work-related injuries are:

  1. Overexertion and bodily reaction
  2. Slips, trips, and falls
  3. Contact with objects and equipment

These three causes are responsible for 84% of all nonfatal on-the-job injuries.

Third-Party Claims for Workplace Accidents

Workers’ compensation benefits often do not provide enough coverage and financial assistance to employees injured on the job. California recently passed legislation that restricts the types of benefits available to injured workers. Luckily, in many situations, workers’ compensation is not the only available remedy for a workplace injury.

Victims of an on-the-job accident can file a claim for workers compensation as well as a lawsuit against a responsible party (as long as that party is not the employer). Filing a suit against another responsible party is known as a “third-party” case.

Deciding to pursue a third-party claim can aid the injured worker by providing additional compensation. These lawsuits should be filed alongside a workers’ compensation claim. In cases involving serious injuries, a third-party lawsuit can result in greater monetary damages than the benefits that would be received from the workers’ compensation system. An injured employee may be entitled to recover the following from a third party:

  • Past, future, and ongoing medical expenses
  • Loss earnings
  • Loss of future earning capacity
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

These damages would not be covered by most workers’ compensation claims.

Contacting an On-the-Job Accident Attorney

Our legal team at Koszdin, Fields, Sherry, & Katz welcome all workplace injury and illness claims. We have experience handling all workplace accident claims, from back injuries and accidents in the workplace due to repetitive motion injuries, mental stress claims, and side effects of work injuries.

We encourage you to reach out to our Santa Clarita on-the-job accident attorneys as early as you can in the process. We can still represent your claim if it is denied or delayed. It is important to have proper representation by your side after a workplace accident.

For a free consultation with our Santa Clarita on the job accident attorneys, call 818-812-5639 or 800-747-3447 or contact us online. Our staff is bilingual, and we can arrange interpreters for other languages. You pay no fees unless we win your case.