In Ohio, transportation incidents have emerged as the most common cause of fatal and nonfatal work injuries. According to reports from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is a troubling upward trend as the number of worker deaths and injuries from transportation incidents continues to increase since 2021.
Thankfully, if you have suffered transportation injuries in the workplace, there are avenues of support available to help you during this difficult time.
Seeking workers’ compensation
Ohio’s workers’ compensation aids victims of workplace injuries. This includes transportation-related incidents. By filing a workers’ compensation claim, you may be eligible for financial compensation. This can cover medical expenses, lost wages and rehabilitation services you need for your recovery.
However, it is essential to follow the proper procedures when initiating the claim process. You should seek immediate medical attention to address your injuries promptly. Once your health is stabilized, report the incident to your employer. You must provide a detailed account of what occurred. Make sure not to delay this as statutes of limitations may apply.
In cases of a fatal workplace accident, workers’ compensation typically provides death benefits to the surviving spouse, children or other dependents of the deceased worker. These benefits often cover funeral and burial expenses. These may also cover a portion of the worker’s lost wages to help support the family.
Workers’ compensation is typically the primary route for obtaining compensation for workplace injuries. But there are situations where litigation might become necessary. If the negligence of a third party (someone other than your employer or a co-worker), has caused your injuries, you may have grounds to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against that party. There may be instances when you may also pursue legal action against your employees. This can happen if your employer intentionally caused your injuries or if they don’t carry workers’ compensation insurance as required by law.
Just note that litigation can be a complex and lengthy process. It requires strong evidence to build on your case. Consulting with an attorney can help you determine the best course of action based on the specific circumstances of your case.
Although transportation incidents in Ohio’s workplaces pose a significant threat, you have options for support as a victim. Make sure to act promptly to protect your rights and secure the compensation you deserve.