Las Vegas Work Injury Attorneys
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 5,000 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2016, and 54 of those fatalities occurred in Nevada. While this appears to be a small number, it does mark an increase in the number of work-related fatal injuries from the previous year, and thousands of nonfatal work-related injuries occur in Nevada every year. It’s vital for injured employees to know their rights, and a work-related injury may lead to legal action against multiple defendants. If you have been hurt on the job, contact the attorneys at Panish Shea & Boyle LLP to learn about your rights.
If you suffer an injury at work, you will likely need to deal with the state Workers’ Compensation Board in some capacity. Workers’ compensation benefits provide some economic relief by covering immediate medical expenses and lost wages. An employee may also continue to collect workers’ compensation benefits after recuperating if he or she cannot return to work for an extended time or can only return to a lower-paying position.
While workers’ compensation is a valuable asset to injured employees, the system is complex and has its limits. The benefits you receive from the workers’ compensation system may not fully cover the total cost of your work injury. In some cases, it may be necessary to take legal action against other parties to secure additional compensation.
Options for Legal Recourse After a Work Injury
Depending on how your work injury occurred, you may have several options for legal action. Some possibilities include:
- Personal injury lawsuits against negligent employers. If your employer or supervisor knew about a workplace hazard but did not take appropriate steps to correct it and it causes an injury, the employer faces liability for negligence. An injured employee must prove that the employer or supervisor knew about the injury-causing hazard but did not correct it in a timely or effective manner.
- Third-party claims. Sometimes third parties can cause a work-related injury. For example, a construction worker delivering supplies to a job site suffers injuries when another driver runs a red light and T-bones his or her work truck. In this situation, the injured employee could file for workers’ compensation because the injury occurred within the scope of his or her job duties, and then take legal action against the negligent driver.
- Product liability claims. When defective products, machinery, or workplace equipment causes injuries, employees can file product liability claims against the manufacturers of those products. In these cases, the plaintiff does not necessarily need to prove negligence; the plaintiff must simply show that the product in question is defective and the defect caused the plaintiff’s damages.
- Retaliation lawsuits. It is unlawful for an employer or supervisor to interfere with an employee’s workers’ compensation claim or take adverse action against an employee for filing a claim. This is retaliation, and an employer who does so faces severe legal repercussions. Filing for workers’ compensation is a protected action, so employers cannot punish employees for filing claims.
Finding the Right Attorney
Navigating the workers’ compensation system can be daunting and missed filings or late submissions can cause delays with your claim and may lead to a denial. Additionally, it can be difficult to determine when an injured employee has grounds for a lawsuit against another party. Finding the right attorney will make an enormous difference in the outcome of any work injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawsuit or other legal action can help an injured employee secure compensation for medical expenses, lost income, and any pain and suffering.
If you suffered a work-related injury in Las Vegas, call our office today at (888) 498-6487 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We’ll review your work injury case and determine if there are any possible defendants who are responsible for your damages.