Catastrophic Work Accident Attorneys
You expect your job or workplace to be safe and secure. But accidents happen every day, putting employees at risk. If you have suffered a serious injury at work, contact the catastrophic work accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase.
In some cases, irresponsible business bosses will try to save a buck by skimping on safety measures, forcing workers into unsafe situations, failing to provide proper training, or failing to fix hazards.
If you have been severely injured while on the clock, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim. The workplace injury attorneys of Bisnar Chase can help you hold your employer accountable and win sizable settlements for your suffering. Contact us now for a free consultation.
Common Workplace Accidents and Injuries
We all spend huge portions of our days at work. That can include being sat at a desk, driving a delivery truck, working on a construction site, and much more. But hazards can be found in every setting.
Some jobs are naturally more dangerous than others. For example, a construction site has a huge number of potential dangers, while an office building is typically much safer.
But no workplace is immune to major accidents and injuries. Work accidents can cause anything from minor strains to severe and catastrophic injuries that have lasting impacts on victims.
The top causes of work injuries include:
- Slip or trip and fall injuries
- Vehicle accidents
- Construction/power tool accidents
- Exposure to toxic materials
- Falling objects
- Exposed electrical wiring
- Old, splintered furniture
- Rusty or unstable structures, such as shelving
- Poorly prepared food
- Improperly maintained machines
This list is not exhaustive, but each of these accidents can cause severe and lasting damage.
Have you been hurt while at work? If so, contact the personal injury lawyers of Bisnar Chase. Our attorneys have an incredible 99% success rate and can win maximum compensation for workplace injury victims.
Common types of injuries that can be caused by catastrophic workplace accidents include:
Catastrophic workplace injuries can leave unsuspecting employees facing long-term health issues, ranging from chronic pain to permanent disabilities. If you have suffered a serious workplace injury, work with Bisnar Chase to make sure you are compensated.
Liability for Work Accidents
How do these dangerous and hazardous situations arise in the workplace, and who is to blame? Every incident is different, but there are a few root causes that account for a lot of severe work accidents and injuries. These include:
➤ Sub-standard training
Employers have a duty to make sure workers are properly trained, especially when it comes to physically demanding work and operating potentially dangerous equipment.
➤ Building hazards and construction shortcuts
If an office or warehouse has trip hazards, exposed wiring, unstable shelving, or other similar dangers, this could constitute negligence.
➤ Failure to fix hazards
Accident hazards can include anything from a broken handrail to a leaky water dispenser. This kind of danger must be fixed as soon as it is reported or discovered.
➤ Lack of safety inspections
Employers are required to carry out regular inspections and keep up with Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) guidelines to ensure workplaces are up to scratch.
➤ Unrealistic work demands
When workers are placed in a dangerous situation due to the demands of their employers, they may be able to take legal action. An example would be a delivery driver who is injured at work in an accident after being forced to work beyond the hours allowed by law.
Brian Chase, Senior Partner:
“If you are injured in the workplace, you deserve first class representation. You do not have to just accept a workers' comp offer if it does not properly compensate you. Our team at Bisnar Chase is here to fight for you.”
These are just some of the situations that can result in a workers’ compensation lawsuit after a serious injury.
In many cases, workplace accidents are caused by the negligence of the employer. However, filing a work injury claim is often not as simple as just suing your boss or company.
If you think you may have a case and need to speak to a catastrophic work accident injury lawyer in California, turn to Bisnar Chase. Our legal experts will provide you with a free case review to run through your options with no obligations.
Suing an Employer: Workers’ Compensation Claims
It is very difficult to sue an employer, even when you have suffered major harm. For starters, you cannot simply file a traditional personal injury lawsuit if you are hurt while on the clock.
This is because most businesses and employers carry workers’ compensation insurance. But what is workers’ compensation?
At its core, workers’ comp is a system set up to protect both employers and employees.
It is a trade-off. The workers’ comp system (sometimes referred to as workman’s compensation or workman’s comp) gives employees a degree of certainty that they will get some form of compensation for an accident in the workplace without having to prove major fault.
In return, the worker cannot directly sue the employer, and any payout is restricted to cover the following factors:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- A loss of earning capacity if you cannot return to work
- Retraining benefits
- Compensation for death
Click to find out how to file a workers’ comp claim, including filling out the DWC-1 form, or let our lawyers help you with this stage.
Do You Need an Attorney For a Workers’ Comp Lawsuit?
If filing a workers’ comp claim is a fairly straightforward process, do you still need to hire a catastrophic work accident attorney to handle your case? Or can you file the paperwork yourself?
The simple answer is yes, it is still best to hire an attorney if you have suffered a serious injury.
In some cases, an employer will deny a workers’ comp claim, or the offer will not be enough money to cover your medical expenses, lost wages, or ongoing health issues and damages.
If you have suffered a workplace injury, you may not be suing your employer directly, but you still have a right to fair compensation.
There are also some exceptions to the workers’ comp rules that allow some work accident victims to file a civil lawsuit. These include:
- The employer causes the injury by physically assaulting the victim
- The accident is caused by circumstances that have been fraudulently covered up by the employer
- The employee is injured outside of the workplace by a faulty product made by their employer
- The employer does not have workers’ comp insurance (though it is required by law)
No matter the circumstances of your accident and injury, do not allow your employer to bully you.
Hire the catastrophic work accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase to make sure you get the settlement you deserve and hold your employer accountable for their negligence.
What to Do After a Workplace Accident
If you have suffered a serious injury while at work, you may be able to take legal action against the company or individual employing you.
But how do you go about filing a claim? Follow the process outlined below to make sure you are properly compensated for your workplace injuries:
Treatment and documentation
When you suffer an injury at work, you should seek medical attention and collect evidence of the accident. This could include taking pictures of your injuries and the cause of your accident.
Report the accident
Report the accident to your employer as soon as possible. Submit an official report within 30 days of the accident happening, according to the workers’ comp injury laws in California.
Hire a workers’ comp attorney
Contact Bisnar Chase and hire our ‘no win, no fee’ work injury attorneys to build the strongest possible case for you. Our lawyers will help with the initial claim filing, as well as any further negotiations.
File workers’ comp paperwork
File the necessary documents to get the ball rolling. In California, you must file your claim with the state within one year of the accident occurring, according to the statute of limitations. There are rare exceptions, such as if the victim has suffered extreme injuries that require extensive long-term treatments.
Work Injury Statistics
Unfortunately, workplace injuries are not rare. A huge number of work accidents happen every year across the U.S. and specifically in California, with millions of people suffering injuries.
- More than 18.6 million people are employed in California
- A huge 2.8 million non-fatal injuries occurred in workplaces across the U.S. in 2018
- Nearly 470,000 people are injured on the job in California annually
- In 2017 there were more than 5,000 work deaths in the U.S., including 422 in CA
- About 22% of reported work accidents result in major injuries or death
If you are among the many people hurt while on the job in California, contact the work injury attorneys of Bisnar Chase for a free case review. We have won more than $650 million for our clients and can win the compensation you deserve.
How a Workers’ Comp Lawyer Can Help
There is no need to deal with the strain of a personal injury claim on your own. This can be an incredibly stressful time. You might be dealing with pain and treatment, collecting evidence, filing the correct paperwork, and more.
Let the workplace accident lawyers of Bisnar Chase shoulder the burden for you. Here’s how we can help:
➤ Medical professional: If you are unsure where to turn for treatment, we can help you choose a trusted doctor who will help you fulfill the requirements of a workers’ comp claim.
➤ Collect evidence: In order to build a strong case, you need evidence showing how your injury was suffered. We will help you identify and collect the proof you need, from photographs to medical records and beyond.
➤ Correct paperwork: Worried about submitting your workers’ comp claim properly? Don’t give it a second thought; let us handle every step of the filing process for you.
➤ Settlement negotiation: Many people settle for whatever workers’ comp award they are given. But you don’t have to! If your damages are not covered by the initial offer, it can be negotiated. The attorneys at Bisnar Chase are expert negotiators who can maximize your recovery.
➤ Go to trial: If your claim has been denied or other parties are involved, we can help you pursue justice in the courtroom.
Our workplace accident attorneys based in California are here to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Bisnar Chase now for a free case review.
Catastrophic California Work Injury Case Studies
These California case studies show two cases involving catastrophic injuries, both of which resulted in multi-million dollar settlements for the victims.
Teenage worker Antonio Enriquez suffered a serious brain injury after falling from an area of scaffolding on a job site in 2004. Aged 18 at the time of the accident, Enriquez suffered long-term effects from his work injury. A workers’ comp claim was filed, and he eventually received $8.9 million with the help of an attorney.
An employee in California was seriously injured in a car crash on her way home from work in 2017. In most workers’ compensation cases, an insurance company will not provide any coverage during the commute to and from work. But this worker was on the road late due to a special project at her workplace, making her eligible for a claim. She suffered major trauma and was awarded $10 million.
Work Accident Injury FAQs
Our job is to ease the burden on you when it comes to making a workers’ comp claim while maximizing your recovery. Do not be daunted by this process – let us help.
Some of the most frequently asked workplace injury queries are answered below. If you have further questions, do not hesitate to contact us and ask.
The sooner the better. California workers’ compensation law gives 30 days from the date of the accident for injured workers to report the incident to their employer. They must do so in order to be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
There is no set amount of compensation for a work injury. It will depend on the severity of your injury, lost wages, medical bills, and more. The average workers’ comp settlement is about $10,000, but in catastrophic work injury cases, millions of dollars may be awarded.
You should hire a lawyer as soon as possible. Some people file the initial claim on their own before hiring a lawyer to handle negotiations. Others hire an attorney immediately, as this is the best way to maximize your compensation.
Many people do not realize that they do not have to settle for the first workers’ comp settlement offered. Hiring a lawyer will ensure you get the amount you deserve. An attorney will also be able to provide support and guidance through the process of undergoing treatment, gathering evidence, and negotiating.
Hiring Bisnar Chase means you will not be hit by the major initial fees that some people fear when they think of signing with a lawyer. We work to a ‘no win, no fee’ principle to make sure our services are available to everyone. We advance the costs necessary to win your case, and if we do not win, you owe nothing.
Hire the Best Lawyers for Your Case
There are plenty of personal injury attorneys working in California, but the experienced work accident lawyers at Bisnar Chase can provide you with superior representation.
Form a trusting attorney/client relationship with our experts and get the legal guidance you need. We are here to help injury victims located through cities across California, including (but not limited to):
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We are proud of our outstanding numbers. Bisnar Chase has a success rate of 99% and has won more than $650 million for victims over four decades in business.
But it is not all about the figures. We take the responsibility of helping people when they are most at need very seriously and believe in providing a personal touch.
Bisnar Chase Personal Injury Attorneys
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