Most people picture construction sites or manufacturing facilities when they think of workplace accidents. Yet white collar workers and professionals are also at risk of serious on-the-job injuries.
A workplace accident can refer to any incident that occurs while performing job-related tasks, either inside or outside the office. Professionals in Pennsylvania could suffer personal injuries in unsafe workplaces due to the negligence of others. They may then be eligible for compensation.
Common types of professional workplace accidents and injuries
Blue collar workers and laborers in industries such as construction or manufacturing might be most prone to fatal accidents, but that does not mean professionals are safe from harm. A professional workplace could still expose employees to injuries in various types of accidents, including the following:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Elevator or escalator accidents
- Repetitive motions
- Transportation accidents
- Physical assaults
These accidents could cause personal injuries such as broken bones, soft-tissue injuries, pulled muscles, migraines, vision problems and carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is a common professional injury that could impact the sufferer’s ability to type, work at a computer or work on an assembly line.
How professionals can seek compensation for work-related injuries
Professionals with personal injuries may be eligible for financial recovery through one or more legal outlets. First, the professional may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim in Pennsylvania. The workers’ compensation system can provide benefits to cover injury-related medical expenses and two-thirds of the employee’s lost wages.
Second, the professional could have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. This may be the case if someone else’s negligence contributed to the injuries. A lawsuit could result in payment for medical costs, 100% lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages.
In some cases, an injured professional may be able to seek compensation through both workers’ compensation and a lawsuit. This could be possible if someone other than the employer contributed to the injuries. Filing the right types of claims could help the injured party obtain a fair settlement or verdict.