According to the Cape May County Herald, a forklift accident in Middle Township resulted in a serious workplace injury. The injured man was reportedly working in what used to be the Stop N Shop in the Grande Center around 11:00 a.m. when the accident occurred.
The injured worker was airlifted via medical helicopter to a nearby trauma center after fire department officials cleared a landing zone in a local baseball field.
What Should I Do If I’m Injured in a Work Accident?
First, you should seek immediate medical attention. Try not to think about financial problems until after you take care of your injury or illness.
Next, if you were injured while working, ask your employer for a workers’ comp claim form. They should have a form on hand or be able to get one relatively fast. After filling out the form, your employer will be responsible for getting it to the correct insurance provider.
What is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation, sometimes called workman’s comp, is an insurance program that is state-mandated in order to provide protection and compensation for employees injured in workplace accidents or contract illnesses at work.
Workers’ comp cases generally avoid placing blame on any party, which means it’s actually uncommon for employers to refuse to cooperate when you file a workers’ comp claim.
Can I Sue My Employer for Getting Hurt on the Job?
Workers’ comp cases do not require that you prove the employer was negligent and that it led to your injuries. Instead, the injury itself is usually proof enough to justify reimbursement from workers’ comp insurance for medical expenses and some lost wages.
Unfortunately, this means that you will likely forfeit your right to sue your employer. However, it is still possible to go around the workers’ comp system and sue the employer directly if you can show that the employer’s actions which led to your injury were reckless or intentional.
For example, if an employer intentionally violates safety protocols to speed up a job, and ignores the risk to you and other employees, you may be able to sue them if you end up getting hurt on the job.
The workplace injury attorneys with Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. are here to help you get through your trying times after getting hurt on the job. Contact us today for a free consultation.