A workplace spinal cord injury is a life-altering event, and in 2023, securing legal representation is more critical than ever for those affected. These injuries can result in significant medical expenses, long-term rehabilitation, and a substantial impact on an individual’s quality of life. The process of seeking compensation and navigating the complex legal aspects of workplace spinal cord injury claims requires a skilled and experienced attorney.
According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, there were 1,137 nonfatal workplace injuries involving spinal cord injury in California in 2021. This represents a rate of 3.4 injuries per 100,000 workers. The average age of a worker who suffered a workplace spinal cord injury in California in 2021 was 39 years old.
Legal Implications of Workplace Spinal Cord Injuries
For the injured worker, the most important legal issue is typically whether they are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that provides benefits to workers who are injured on the job, regardless of who was at fault for the accident. These benefits can include medical expenses, lost wages, and disability payments. To be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, the injured worker must typically show that they were injured in the course and scope of their employment. This means that the injury must have occurred while the worker was on the job and performing their job duties.
In addition to workers’ compensation, injured workers may also be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against their employer or a third party if the injury was caused by negligence. Negligence is a legal concept that refers to a failure to act reasonably. To prove negligence, the injured worker must typically show that the defendant had a duty to act reasonably, that the defendant breached that duty, and that the breach of duty caused the worker’s injuries.
Benefits of Hiring an Attorney
Suffering a spinal cord injury at work is a life-altering event that can have profound physical, emotional, and financial consequences. In such challenging times, enlisting the services of an experienced attorney can make a world of difference. These legal professionals specialize in workplace injury cases, particularly those involving spinal cord injuries, and can provide invaluable support and guidance throughout the process.
- Expertise: An attorney who specializes in workplace spinal cord injury cases has the knowledge and experience to handle your case effectively. They will be familiar with the laws and regulations that apply to your case, and they will know how to build a strong legal argument on your behalf.
- Resources: An attorney has access to resources that you may not have, such as investigators, expert witnesses, and medical professionals. These resources can be invaluable in gathering evidence and building your case.
- Negotiation skills: An attorney is skilled in negotiation and can advocate for your best interests when dealing with the insurance company. They can also help you negotiate a settlement that meets your needs, or represent you in court if necessary.
- Peace of mind: Knowing that you have an experienced attorney on your side can give you peace of mind and allow you to focus on your recovery.
If you’ve sustained a spinal cord injury in the workplace in 2023, it’s crucial to recognize the life-altering impact it can have on your life. Seeking legal representation from a skilled attorney who specializes in workplace injuries can be a pivotal step in securing the compensation and support you need. At Pistiolas Law, we understand the unique challenges that come with workplace spinal cord injuries, and we are dedicated to advocating for your rights. Please do not hesitate to contact us at (844) 414-1768 for expert guidance and representation. Your well-being, recovery, and future are our top priorities, and we are here to fight for them. Reach out to us today, and let us help you on your journey toward justice and the resources necessary to rebuild your life.