When you go to work, you should feel confident that you can safely and effectively complete your duties. However, when you sustain an injury while working, it can flip your life upside down. Unfortunately, you may find that a negligent co-worker is the cause of your pain and suffering. Due to the circumstances, you may wonder whether or not this situation qualifies for workers’ compensation. Keep reading to learn what you should know about these instances and discover how a Pike County, KY work injury lawyer can assist you through these complex legal matters.
What Kinds of Work Injuries Are Common?
There are a number of accidents that you may experience while on the job. Most commonly, these injuries are caused by the following:
- Improper use of equipment
- Being struck by objects
These circumstances can lead to several injuries, ranging from mild to life-threatening. Unfortunately, you can endure strains, broken bones, neck injuries, and even traumatic brain injuries due to these circumstances.
In some instances, your employer may be liable. This is because they failed to create a safe workplace, provide the necessary training, or did not give employees the break time necessary to avoid fatigue and overexertion. However, your employer may do everything right, but an employee who is fooling around or doing something they do not have the clearance to do can be responsible for the injuries you endure.
Am I Eligible for Workers’ Compensation if My Injury is Caused by a Co-Worker?
When you’re at work, your job may have a laid-back or fun environment. However, this does not mean safety is a low priority. Unfortunately, others may not have the same mindset, and their mistakes can directly cause you to endure serious injuries. This includes being hurt because another employee was fooling around, using equipment incorrectly, or not paying attention, among other behaviors.
If your injuries are caused by a co-worker and are not a direct result of your employer’s negligence, you may think you aren’t eligible to receive workers’ compensation. However, anytime you are injured at work, you can file for compensation. The only exceptions to this are if your injury was sustained during a lunch break or you were involved in criminal activity at the time of your injury.
It’s also important to realize that workers’ compensation will only cover the economic damages you incur because of your injury. However, if you are eligible to recite workers’ compensation, you may want to consider filing a lawsuit to receive the compensation you deserve.
Luckily, Shane Hall, Attorney at Law, is ready to help you through this complex process. We believe those who are responsible for the injuries of others should be held liable for the damage they cause. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.