By law, employers must make sure the workplace is safe. Nonetheless, accidents and injuries at work affect millions of Americans each year. If you’ve been injured at work, a Utah injury lawyer from Robert J. DeBry & Associates law firm can help.
Work-related injuries can cause medical and financial problems. Many people become stressed, worrying about their health and finances.
Examples of Work-Related Injuries
There are many ways someone can experience a work-related injury. Common examples include:
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slips, trips, and falls (including falls from height)
- Being trapped in machinery parts
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Being hit by objects
Usually, accidents during lunch breaks aren’t covered. A Utah injury lawyer can advise on specific incidents.
Compensation For Work-Related Injuries
Compensation laws for workers exist to protect employees if they are injured while at work. However, not all workplaces are covered.
Employees can no longer bring a claim against their employer for work-related injuries. Instead, a Utah injury lawyer can assist with claims under the Workers’ Compensation scheme.
Several criteria apply for the Workers’ Compensation system:
- You must be an employee
- The employer must have the relevant insurance
- The injury must have happened at work
- You must bring your claim in time
However, your injury must pass The Allen Test, which sets out what damages can be compensated for. The test comes from the 1986 case Allen v. Industrial Commission, which was decided in the Supreme Court of Utah.
Essentially, a workplace injury must have been an accident and unexpected. In addition, there must be a causal link between the injury and workplace duties.
We can guide you through the relevant laws and processes for workplace injury issues. We know this is a confusing time, and we will try to bring you peace of mind, clarity, and a positive outcome.
Contact Robert J. DeBry & Associates for help with work-related injury compensation and claims.