Indianapolis Work Accident Lawyer
There’s nothing more frightening than to be at work one day doing your job, and suddenly a crisis erupts. Whether you fall from a ladder, get burned by chemicals, are injured by equipment, or suffer other pain caused by an accident, your world is quickly turned upside down. You may be confined to the hospital for days or weeks, and it could mean missed wages due to time off work. Not to mention the worry and fear that your family members are likely experiencing.
Everything is in an uproar. And you may be lying awake at night wondering how bills are going to get paid, whether you’ll lose your job, how the kids and your spouse are going to get by, and a lot of other worries.
If this describes the situation you’re in, an Indianapolis work accident lawyer may be able to help. The skilled and experienced attorneys at Stephenson Rife have represented hundreds of clients injured in workplace accidents and have successfully secured for them the financial compensation they deserve. As medical bills pile up and income dwindles, worried families need a place to turn for help.
A good work accident lawyer knows that state and federal agencies have strict guidelines and regulations to keep workers safe while they are on the job. However, management or maintenance personnel may ignore these regulations or fail to ensure they are properly followed. This is wrong, and it’s how people get hurt. With more than 30 years’ experience handling onsite injury and accident claims in Indiana, the work injury attorneys at Stephenson Rife are dedicated to aggressively representing injured clients and securing the best possible outcomes under the law.
What Our Work Accident Lawyer Will Do for You
A work injury attorney at Stephenson Rife is your champion and advocate.
He will go toe to toe with corporations, manufacturers and suppliers to aggressively represent your legal rights if you have been injured on the job because of unsafe conditions or product liability. Employees go to work every day trusting that companies follow the rules to provide a safe work environment. Sometimes that trust is misplaced. Whether it’s broken equipment, malfunctioning electronics, fire hazards or toxic chemicals, all of these can cause a dangerous workplace. If you have been hurt, our skilled work injury attorney can help you win the compensation you deserve. Call us at 317-680-2501.
How Long Will It Take for My Work Injury Claim To Be Resolved?
The time it takes to resolve a work injury claim varies greatly from case to case, depending on a myriad of factors. The number of witnesses to be interviewed, the nature of the injury and whether a claim is settled or goes to trial are just a few of many factors that will influence the length of time it takes to resolve an individual claim. Your work injury attorney should be able to give you an idea as you go along about the estimated time involved in court hearings and negotiations and how your decisions affect the timing of your case.
Are Lost Wages Covered in a Work Injury Claim
Payment of your lost wages – at 2/3 of your average weekly wage – is common in Indiana workers’ compensation cases. These payments continue for the length of time that your supervising doctor says you need to be off work. Every case is unique, though, so a skilled Indianapolis work injury lawyer can give you more specific information about lost wages based on your individual case. Call Mike at 317-680-2501.
What About My Medical Bills?
Lost wages and medical bills are some of the things a work injury lawyer will calculate when asking for compensatory damages from a negligent employer or manufacturer. Courts have upheld an injured worker’s right to be compensated for medical costs. It’s very important that you keep copies of all medical bills, prescription receipts, health insurance statements and doctor’s records as you receive medical treatment for your injuries.
What is your next step? Contact Mike today by calling 317-680-2501.
What Should I Expect When I File a Work Injury Claim?
Your work injury lawyer will lead you every step of the way through the process. First an attorney will gather facts, medical records, photographs and other important documents that help prove your case. He will closely listen and take notes as you tell your version of events as they happened. A skilled attorney will research other product liability claims and judgments to determine whether there is a pattern of injury by some manufacturers. He will write and file the lawsuit and hire an expert witness if necessary.
Here is a list of steps to keep in mind if you are injured in a workplace accident:
- Always seek immediate medical help if you are injured on the job. This means being transported by ambulance to the hospital, driving yourself to a clinic, or making an appointment with your own family doctor.
- Notify your boss or other person in charge at work immediately if you have been injured. Quickly reporting an injury could help your claim.
- If you are able, take pictures of your injuries and the accident scene with your smartphone.
- If possible, get the names and contact information of any witnesses who saw the accident happen or were present in the immediate aftermath of the accident.
- Keep all receipts, medical reports, lab results, X-rays, workplace correspondence, and other documents in one place and give these to your work accident lawyer.
- If you are contacted directly by a work injury insurance representative, ask them to speak to your lawyer.
Your workplace injury lawyer will also stand behind you whether you choose to accept a settlement or pursue a trial and jury verdict. For more details about what it’s like to work with an Indiana work injury attorney, call us at 317-680-2501.
Will I Be Laid Off or Lose My Job If I File a Work Accident Claim?
Employers cannot legally retaliate against workers who exercise their right to file a claim after being injured on the job. There are laws that prohibit employers from doing this. Otherwise, no worker would ever feel safe exercising their rights for fear of being singled out and harassed or fired.
At the same time, Indiana is an at-will employment state, which means that an employer can fire an employee at any time except for a handful of reasons. For example, an employer can fire or lay off an employee because business is slow, even if that employee did nothing wrong.
Workers’ compensation is an accident insurance plan designed to cover a worker’s medical bills, lost wages and other costs if he or she is injured on the job. Most workers in Indiana are eligible for this insurance coverage from the first day of employment. If you are injured on the job, you should report the injury immediately to your boss or the business owner. If you wait more than 30 days after the injury to report it, your claim may be denied.
For more information or to discuss your concerns about losing your job after a workplace injury, contact attorney Mike Stephenson at 317-680-2501.
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How Much Does a Work Injury Attorney Cost?
Here’s the great news! You don’t need any money up front to hire a work injury attorney. In these cases, law firms work on a contingency basis, which means that they don’t get paid until you get paid. If you are successful and your case settles or you win a jury verdict in court, then attorney’s fees and expenses will be paid out of that amount. If for some reason your case is not successful, then you owe us nothing.
How Do I Choose a Work Accident Lawyer?
We advise injured workers to be very deliberate and informed when selecting an Indiana work injury attorney to represent them. As with all professions, there are exceptionally good lawyers, and there are not-so-good ones. Check out a law firm’s website, read the attorneys’ bios and research what verdicts and settlements they have won. Do the work injury attorneys appear to be authoritative? Do they have expertise in their field? Read reviews posted by other clients to get an inside look and find out whether previous clients were pleased with the service and professionalism. We would be glad to answer any questions you may have during your search for an attorney to represent you. We are honored to provide a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Call us at 317-680-2501.
CLIENT SETTLEMENT FOR PAIN AND SUFFERING
AN EXPOSED WIRE INJURED A WORKER
Our Attorney Mike Stephenson was hired by an attorney in Indianapolis to assist in pursuing a claim on behalf of “R.K.” against Aldi Foods. R.K. was a delivery truck driver who had made a delivery to an Aldi store during the middle of the night. While making the delivery, he was pushing a pallet jack through a freezer door when he received an electrical shock from an exposed wire and a threshold that had been missing for some period of time.
The defendant denied liability and initially claimed that our client was malingering or grossly exaggerating any injuries he may have received while on the job. Before Attorney Stephenson’s involvement in the case, the defendants had offered a nuisance-value settlement. After a thorough investigation and hiring the proper expert, Stephenson was able to establish that R.K. would never return to his job as a truck driver. Further, Mike Stephenson was able to establish through expert testimony that the injuries and complaints of pain and suffering were very real and legitimate. After a second round of mediation, our client received a confidential settlement for his injury at work.
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TYPES OF WORKPLACE INJURIES
Nine percent of burns are occupational injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) imposes strict safety standards on employers; nevertheless, workplace fires and explosions kill 200 and injure more than 5,000 workers annually. Electrical burns are most common, caused by arcing or explosion. Some employees work near boilers or hot machinery that can cause thermal burns. Restaurant workers are especially prone to thermal burns, from deep fryers and grills. All work injury lawyers know that chemical burns are also a hazard in some industrial settings where caustic chemicals and acids are used.
Construction Work Accidents
More than 100 workers are killed in Indiana each year due to workplace accidents. In addition to these preventable worker deaths, Indiana also reported an illness and injury rate of 3.9 per 100 workers. We understand that construction workers aren’t guaranteed a risk-free workplace. But our work injury attorneys know that the laws and regulations in place must be enforced to protect everyone’s safety.
The defendants in construction accident cases are often big businesses with large amounts of money set aside to fight worker claims. These companies have resources, and they are willing to use them to protect their bottom lines. We have resources, too.
Faulty Equipment at Work
Employers are required by state and federal laws to maintain safe workplaces. That includes providing safety equipment designed to eliminate or mitigate injury and ensuring that machinery is working correctly by properly servicing it and monitoring its operation. Some accidents with equipment happen because the employer fails to properly maintain and service the equipment used in the production process. Our work injury lawyer handled one such claim involving a pipe fitter in a factory who was crushed because some screws were missing from a lift’s control panel. Sometimes workers are harmed by machinery or a piece of equipment that was defective in design or manufacture, and in these situations the company which produced the faulty apparatus can be held responsible.
Employers are required by law to maintain a safe work environment for employees. This can be achieved by conducting periodic equipment inspections and maintenance, installing proper ventilation and temperature controls, having safety personnel onsite, and even monitoring co-workers who have angry outbursts or are overly aggressive. If at any time you become afraid for your safety because of an angry or violent co-worker, tell a supervisor immediately or call 9-1-1.
Unsafe Workplace Conditions
Exposed wires, wet floors, elevators with lapsed inspections, insufficient or sub-standard tools – all of these can create an unsafe work environment and lead to worker injury. No one should have to work 40 hours a week in a place that poses a risk to their health at every turn.