If you happen to fall while you are on the clock, you might be wondering who would be responsible for covering your lost wages, medical bills, and other damages. The answer isn’t always so simple. Whether you’re going to seek workers’ compensation benefits or seek a personal injury claim, ultimately depends on the circumstances. Below we will outline when your employer may be liable or a third party. However, if you are hurt at work, you should seek the advice of a personal injury attorney. Before you make any decision, seeking the advice of a skilled attorney can only help you make the best decision possible.
When Employers May Be Liable.
Most of the time, if you are injured on the premises of your employer because of a colleague or client’s failure to exercise reasonable care, you’ll be seeking workers’ compensation. While it might be due to the negligence of a co-worker, it is ultimately the responsibility of your employer. They have a duty to train employees to avoid mistakes that have the potential to harm anyone. It works similarly if you happen to slip and fall at a store. Say a customer dropped a bottle of water on the floor. It is the responsibility of the store to watch out and remedy these hazards. So if you would happen to fall because of that spill, it would be the store that is liable.
When a Third Party May Be Liable.
Now, just because you were hurt on the clock, doesn’t always mean it was the fault of your employer. You could be able to file a personal injury claim if the cause of the action can be attributed to someone other than your employer. This is usually the case for work accidents that do not occur on the workplace premises. For instance, you left the office in a rideshare to meet with a client and got into a car crash. The incident would most likely have nothing to do with your employer. Instead, you would have to seek action against the rideshare app or the driver. However, these matters are complicated. Most often, these issues are not black and white. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to help.
Have You Been in a Slip and Fall Accident?
If you were injured in a slip and fall accident due to the negligence of another party, you need help. Dealing with recovery is hard enough; let the legal issues be handled by a serious personal injury attorney. Villarreal and Begum have years of experience defending victims of slip and fall accidents. If you have been injured, contact The Texas Law Guns. You can call or message us anytime to set up your free consultation.