On the Job/ Workplace Injury
On the Job Injury Attorney at Marasco & Nesselbush, LLP
At Marasco & Nesselbush, Rhode Island’s premier and trusted personal injury law firm, our clients are our number one priority. The firm’s experienced Rhode Island injury attorneys understand the importance of financial stability after an on the job injury. We are committed to obtaining that stability for each and every client through skilled and effective legal representation.
Many occupations present hazards that may endanger the health and well-being of workers, which is why it is important that all workplaces take the proper safety measures to avoid any worksite injuries or fatal accidents. Rhode Island employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for the purpose of giving injured workers financial security during their recovery, but, oftentimes, claims are denied or the benefits are inadequate. There are often “third party” actions which may provide more complete remedies to injured workers. An injured worker is well advised to consult with a knowledgeable personal injury attorney before filing for benefits.
Types of Workplace Accidents
There are many different types of occupations, and, as such, there are many different types of incidents that may occur at the workplace, including:
- Machinery accidents;
- Electrical accidents;
- Equipment/tool mishaps;
- Defective tool accidents;
- Burn injury accidents;
- Asbestos exposure;
- Chemical exposure/accidents;
- Carbon monoxide poisoning;
- Slip and fall accidents; and
- Scaffold accidents.
How were you injured at work?
Employers, supervisors, contractors, land owners and sub-contractors have a duty to take appropriate safety precautions and provide any necessary safety equipment, not to mention provide good quality tools and machinery. Unfortunately, there are many circumstances under which an accident can occur.
Common causes of workplace injury and illness include:
- Lack of safety protocols;
- Human error;
- Defective products;
- Insufficient training;
- Poor quality/ incorrect tools;
- Insufficient supervision;
- Poor maintenance; and
- Equipment/machinery malfunction.
Workplace Injury Liability
In Rhode Island, under most circumstances a worker who files a workers’ compensation claim may not sue their employer for negligence. The workers’ compensation system is in place to cover medical expenses and a portion of lost wages regardless of fault. However, an injured worker may hold third parties, such as contractors, sub-contractors, land owners, negligent drivers, and/or equipment manufacturers, civilly liable for any negligence on their part. Pursuing third party actions may allow for a complete recovery.
Rhode Island Lawyer for On the Job Injuries
Most people cannot afford to be out of work for an extended period of time, even if it is necessary for recovery after a work injury or illness. The dedicated Rhode Island personal injury attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush are committed to obtaining extraordinary results for every client. If you have sustained a jobsite illness or injury in Rhode Island, please contact our attorneys today for a free consultation at 401-274-7400, or fill out a web contact form. We have offices conveniently located in Warwick, Wakefield, Woonsocket, and Providence and are here to help you.