There are power tool and welding accidents, electrical hazards, fires and explosions, scaffolding accidents, chemical exposures and the occasional ponytail trapped in a piece of machinery.
Many people think if they are injured at work, the only compensation available to them is workers’ compensation. But many times the person injured at work may be entitled to additional compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
If you have suffered injuries at work, you most likely have questions about what you should do next. A free consultation with an Ohio attorney experienced in workplace accidents will answer your questions and provide you with the guidance you need.
At the Ohio law firm of Slater & Zurz LLP, we have been assisting victims who were injured at work for over 40 years. We have handled tens of thousands of accident cases and helped clients receive verdicts and settlements they needed for their injuries.
All initial consultations are free. There is no cost to you whatsoever. There is no obligation to hire our firm. If you do decide to hire us, there will be no upfront fees or monthly retainers. We represent clients who suffer injuries at work on a contingency fee basis. That means you have no out-of-pocket costs. It also means we only get paid if we get you results. If we don’t deliver you results, you owe us nothing.
Investigating Workplace Accidents
You need someone to investigate the likely cause of the workplace accident. If a third party was involved, you could recover more compensation than you would through workers’ comp. Examples of possible third-party liability are limitless. A few are:
- A lawsuit against the manufacturer of a machine, scaffolding or other defective item
- A claim against a truck driver at a construction site, or a claim against a subcontractor
- A claim for exposure to toxic substances at a worksite
Ohio Laws Protecting Employees in the Workplace
Ohio provides additional compensation for victims of workplace accidents when an employer violates a specific safety regulation (VSSR). The Ohio Intentional Tort Statute also protects the injured worker when the employer had a deliberate intent to injure the worker—meaning he was substantially certain injury, disease or death would result from his practices.
The statute can also apply when the employer intentionally removes a safeguard from equipment or deliberately misrepresents the presence of a toxic or hazardous substance in the workplace.
If you have suffered injuries at work and believe your employer may have violated an occupational standard or was negligent in some manner, a free consultation with one of our attorneys who has represented injured workers in personal injury lawsuits throughout Ohio will help. Even if you are partially at fault, you may still be able to win a judgment.
In Ohio you have two years from the date of your injuries at work to make a claim.
You can set up a meeting with an attorney by calling the law firm at 1-888-534-4850. You can also contact the firm by filling out a short form here. Slater & Zurz offers a 24/7/365 response to your contact.