Pursuing More Than Workers’ Compensation Benefits For Injured Workers
When workers suffer an on-the-job injury, workers’ comp benefits pay for medical care, rehabilitation services and a portion of lost wages. But these benefits are limited. In certain situations, Ohio workers may be able to recoup additional compensation.
Instances That Could Give Rise To Additional Compensation
In certain instances, workers may be able to obtain compensation in addition to workers’ comp benefits for:
♦ Toxic or chemical exposure
When an employer knowingly allows a worker to be exposed to toxic substances such as carbide dust from grinding hard metal or allows improper use or disposal of chemicals and that exposure causes injury, that employer can be sued for its egregious conduct.
♦ Machinery modifications
To speed the production process or to use less energy, an employer will sometimes modify machinery — such as removing important safety guards. When such machine modification and other deliberate acts by employers result in injury, that employer could be liable under the law.
♦ Unsafe machinery
If the design or manufacture of machinery causes injury, an employee may be able to pursue a cause of action against the manufacturer or seller of the machinery or product.
Learn About Legal Options For Your Situation
At Lamkin, Van Eman, Trimble & Dougherty, LLC, our Columbus, Ohio, attorneys can help you determine if you have a cause of action above and beyond workers’ comp benefits. Our firm has been representing injured people in Ohio for 50 years and our lawyers have decades of combined experience. Let us help you.