When You Have Been Injured by a Co-Worker: Get the Right Legal Advice to Win the Compensation You Deserve

In 2012, there were nearly 3 million incidents of US workers becoming ill or injured on the job in 2012.[1] About 12,000 of those cases involved intentional injury by other persons in the workplace, including injuries inflicted by co-workers.[2]

An injury from a fellow employee can come in the form of violence, harassment, sabotage, negligence or reckless indifference.

An employee or contractor can be injured when a co-worker accidentally backs a truck into the scaffolding or ladder they are standing on. A slip and fall injury can occur when a co-worker fails to put up a “Slippery Floor” sign after washing or waxing the floor at a work site.

Sometimes a co-worker will strike, threaten or sexually harass a fellow employee. Or they may sabotage a co-worker’s equipment or personal property. Sometimes a co-worker engaging in “horseplay” pushes another worker into a dangerous machine or vehicle. Or they might leave a machine on that should have been switched off, let the machine fall into a state of poor maintenance, or fail to warn a co-worker of a malfunction.

Whatever your situation, it is vital that you know your rights and get the right guidance before filing your worker’s compensation claim, particularly if you have questions about the possibility of suing your co-worker.

DEALING WITH CO-WORKER VIOLENCE, HARASSMENT OR NEGLIGENCE

Intentional injuries from a co-worker can take many forms, including:

  • Violent confrontations in the workplace, including physical and/or verbal assault
  • Certain forms of sexual harassment
  • Threats of violence from a co-worker
  • Sabotage of a co-worker or manager causing damage to his or her property
  • Armed robbery by a co-worker
  • Suicide in the workplace
  • Hostage incidents in the workplace[3]

Injuries can also result from a co-worker’s negligence or reckless indifference to your safety. Careless and reckless co-workers cause thousands of on-the-job injuries each year, ranging from slips and falls to tools and equipment left in unsafe conditions, to collapsing ladders and scaffolding.

A claim based on a co-worker’s gross negligence may lead to additional damages being paid under the workers’ compensation system, including damages for pain and suffering. The right legal guidance is necessary for building the strongest possible workers’ compensation case.

In many cases, suing a co-worker may not be possible. In that case, our attorneys will build the strongest workers’ compensation claim possible, with all facts stated clearly and in a way that powerfully builds your case.

All facts and evidence must be gathered as soon as possible, and the claim made within a certain time period after the injury, to ensure a successful claim and fair and just compensation.

PROTECTING YOUR RIGHTS: GET THE RIGHT LEGAL TEAM ON YOUR SIDE NOW

If you or someone you love has been injured by the actions or negligence of a co-worker, you will need immediate legal guidance and representation.

Based in Philadelphia, Gay Chacker & Mittin workers’ compensation/injury by a co-worker attorneys have the legal know-how, wisdom and experience to help you build the strongest possible claim. We will also advise you as to whether it is possible or necessary to sue the co-worker who caused the injuries.

Our dedicated workers’ compensation and personal injury attorneys will be tenacious in pursuing maximum compensation to cover your current and future losses, including lost wages and benefits, current and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and in the case of the death of a loved one, death benefit.

We will immediately gather all medical and technical evidence, including the testimony of medical experts, to build the strongest possible compensation claim for you, including representing you in court if necessary.

Whether you live in Pennsylvania, New Jersey or a surrounding state, we will keep you informed every step of the way, returning your calls and guiding you through the claims process.

Contact us now to learn more about how we can help with your injury by a fellow worker claim. There is no risk or obligation. We charge you no legal fees unless we recover money damages for you. Call us today at 1-800-LAW-4030 for a free consultation, and start claiming fair and just compensation for what you have suffered.

[1] http://www.bls.gov/iif/
[2] http://www.bls.gov/iif/oshfaq1.htm#q07
[3] http://www.mediate.com/articles/larsen.cfm

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