Work Injury Case Valuation
According to the National Safety Council, the average non-lost-time injury costs an employer $7,000, a disabling injury costs $38,000, and a workplace fatality costs $1,110,000. What does an injury cost you, the injured employee? The value of your workplace injury or illness depends on a number of factors. How badly were you injured? How long will you be out of work, or what type of permanent medical impairment are you expected to have? How much were your average weekly wages? Does your employer have workers’ compensation insurance or have they opted out? These and many other questions must be answered before you can begin to piece together the amount of compensation to which you may be entitled. The Houston lawyers with Michael P. Fleming can help you with your claim today.
Medical Bills and Lost Wages in Work Injury Claims
The number one cause of bankruptcy in the country is medical debt, according to USA Today. Obviously, this is something that you do not want to be stuck with following a workplace injury. The most common items to consider are medical bills and lost wages. If you file for workers’ compensation, all of your past, present, and future medical costs associated with the workplace injury or illness will be covered by workers’ compensation. Similarly, you will be compensated for part of your wages, calculated based on whether you are totally or partially impaired, and how long that impairment is expected to last. If you file a personal injury lawsuit, you can be compensated for your medical costs, full lost wages and lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and more. However, a lawsuit will take longer than receiving workers’ compensation.
Returning to Work After an Injury
The best case scenario is a full recovery from injuries so that you can return to work. However, if that is not possible, additional items need to be considered, such as the following:
- Future medical costs, possible surgery, and therapy;
- Loss of future earning capacity; and
- Physical impairment.
These costs could be covered in part by worker’s compensation or any supplemental insurance you or your employer might have.
Punitive Damages and Gross Negligence
If your employer was at fault for your injury or if your injuries were caused by the negligence of a co-worker, additional damages might be awarded to you in a work injury lawsuit. Gross negligence refers to extreme disregard for the well being of another, and if your employer was found to have demonstrated gross negligence, you may sue them for damages outside of workers’ compensation. One of these damages is called punitive damages. Punitive damages are awarded to further punish the negligent party.
We Will Help You Recover Damages Caused by Your Workplace Injury
Too many injured workers believe that their employer has their best interests in mind, and because of that decide to file for workers’ compensation without the help of an attorney. We strongly urge you to first call the Houston law offices of Michael P. Fleming & Associates before you file any claim so that you are compensated fairly and in a timely manner. Free advice 713-221-6800.