Phoenix Workplace Injury Lawyer
You spend a large part of your life at work, and you have the right to expect that your work environment will be a safe one. If your occupation is by its nature more hazardous than others, you have the right to expect that your employer will make an extra effort to have safety procedures in place and will conduct rigorous inspections to ensure that those procedures are being followed. When the employer or another person responsible for safety at your job site is negligent in their duty to protect you from harm, causing you to suffer a serious injury, the Phoenix workplace injury lawyers at Curiel and Runion can help you recover compensation, allowing you to get the care you need and provide for your family when you are unable to work.
How Common Are Workplace Injuries?
In 2010, 3,063,400 workers in private industry reported work-related injuries or illnesses. There were also 4,690 workplace fatalities that year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. When you have been injured on the job due to someone else’s negligence, you may have several options for pursuing compensation. To determine the best way to proceed, you should consult an experienced workplace accident attorney. At the Phoenix law offices of Curiel and Runion, our attorneys have the knowledge and experience to advise you on the best way to handle your claim.
Where Workplace Accidents Occur
Workplace accidents can occur anywhere. Although some occupations are more inherently dangerous than others—for example fishing, logging, construction, farming, sanitation, aviation, roofing, and mining—you can be injured on the job anywhere, even if you work in an office. The most common types of work-related accidents are falls and motor vehicle accidents. Others are caused by defective equipment or machinery, chemical exposure, improper electrical wiring, and burns. A history of OSHA violations is often indicative of a lax attitude toward safety procedures.
Workers’ Compensation and Third Party Claims
While Workers’ Compensation covers all medical treatment and some of your lost wages, the amount of lost earnings you can collect is capped, and you are not able to recover any non-economic damages—disability and disfigurement, pain and suffering, emotional anguish, psychological disturbance, loss of enjoyment of life, and others. Therefore, the amount you are able to receive from a Comp claim may be insufficient compensation.
Even though you can’t sue your employer when you’ve filed a Comp claim, it is often possible to identify one or more third parties whose negligence contributed to your accident: an architect, a property owner, vendor, subcontractor, or manufacturer of defective equipment, for example. You can then often file a third party claim, increasing your potential recovery.
The Right Workplace Injury Lawyers
The Phoenix workplace lawyers at Curiel and Runion in Phoenix can offer you skilled assistance in pursuing a workplace injury claim. If you’ve been injured at work, call today to arrange a free consultation to discuss your accident. We’ll begin investigating immediately to discover if any third parties may have contributed to causing your injury, and if so, we will enter into negotiations with their insurance companies. We are often able to settle out of court, but we are always prepared to go to trial if necessary.
When Workers’ Compensation is not sufficient to compensate for your all of your economic and non- economic losses from a serious workplace accident, we will take every legal step available to achieve a favorable outcome for you.
At Curiel and Runion, we accept cases on a contingency basis. All fees and expenses come out of your recovery. You pay absolutely nothing unless we win money for you.