Workplace Injury Attorney Serving Columbus and All of Ohio - Mike Christensen Gets Results
If you suffered a workplace injury in Columbus, OH, you may already know you are likely entitled to workers' compensation. But your case may be worth more than you realize. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. This may be an option if someone or some company other than your employer was at fault. You generally cannot file a lawsuit against your employer. That's why they carry workers' compensation insurance.
These are some of the details we help clients sort through at the Michael D. Christensen Law Offices. No matter how big or small your injury might seem, we will take your case seriously. If you've been hurt in the workplace, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience needed to make sure you are fairly compensated. Call 866-408-8191 today for a free consultation.
What kinds of injuries can occur in the workplace?
Employees can be hurt in many different ways, depending on the type of work they perform.
Some injuries are obvious and happen quickly. But other injuries occur gradually over many years. Types of injuries that occur in the workplace can include:
- back and neck injuries
- knee injuries
- shoulder injuries
- broken bones
- carpal tunnel syndrome
- respiratory disorders
- hearing or vision loss
- traumatic brain injury
- spinal cord injuries
There were more than 121,000 workplace injuries in Ohio in 2014. These injuries result in pain and suffering for the employee that was hurt. The injured employee may no longer be able to work and may face rising medical expenses to treat the injury.
How do workplace injuries occur?
There are certain jobs that are considered high-risk. And it's true that some industries have more workplace injuries than others, due to the nature of the work. These industries include construction, manufacturing and health care. But an injury can happen at any type of workplace.
A workplace injury can occur because of:
- slips and falls
- repetitive motion
- falling debris
- exposure to hazardous substances
- defective or hazardous equipment
As we mentioned, in some cases, there may be negligence by a third party-someone other than your employer-that caused your injury. Third parties can include contractors and equipment manufacturers. Your job may require you to drive. If you're injured by a drunk driver, you may be able to file a claim against that person in addition to filing for workers' compensation.
Do I need a lawyer for a workplace injury?
It depends. Some employees receive minor injuries and have no trouble collecting workers' compensation benefits. (Workers' compensation is a state insurance program that provides benefits to employees injured on the job in Ohio.)
If you are injured on the job, you should submit a workers' compensation claim as soon as possible. But you should at least consult a lawyer if:
- your injuries are severe;
- you are no longer able to work because of your injury; or
- you believe a third party's negligence caused your injury.
Third party cases can be difficult to prove. We can advise you on your options after a free case evaluation.
Workplace injuries can be very stressful and debilitating. It's important to make sure your legal rights are protected. Our attorneys are well versed in workplace injury law and have the experience to help you get the compensation you deserve for your workplace injury. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you get compensation.