When people get hurt on the job, they might not be sure where to turn for help. Most employers require that a workplace injury be reported and documented as soon as possible. But what happens next? There may be recovery time, medical expenses, and lost wages to consider. A workers’ compensation claim may cover some of these costs, but the employee might additionally have a claim against other responsible people or companies if unsafe working conditions existed.
Take the example of a school bus driver who became a work accident victim. The woman was driving the bus when its front wheels dropped into a hole in the street; the hole was caused by a faulty construction patch placed over a sinkhole. The resulting jolt caused the woman to suffer personal injuries.