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Getting an Injury on the Job & Personal Injury Law

Each day Canadian residents go off to work, including to a workplace that is new to them. Regardless of the type of environment you are going to be working in, it is extremely important to educate yourself about what your legal rights are as a employee, should you get injured on the job.

If you find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being injury while working, it is possible that you will required compensation to assist with your medical bills as well as loss of income. In addition to the government support, consulting the help of a lawyer may also be necessary.

What is Personal Injury Law?

Personal Injury Law is designed to defend employees who have been injured on the job. Typically, this type of law makes a case against the company and/or an individual who’s negligence has led to this work-related injury.

Under the umbrella of personal law injuries, the term ‘injury’ refers to both physical and mental injuries.

Looking more closely at what Personal Injury Law entails is a good idea to ensure you are aware of what type of injuries and claims can be made to support you if you have suffered a work-related accident. This law specifically includes:

  • Motor vehicles accident related injuries
  • Catastrophic loss claims, including accidents that lead to paraplegia
  • Occupier’s liability claims
  • Public liability claims
  • Negligence of school boards
  • Public transportation and recreational facilities

If you are injured on the job, what steps should you take?

In the event you are injured on the job, it is important to be aware of what steps you should take to ensure you receive the compensation and assistance you require.

Many of us might not think we will be at risk of being injured while performing our daily work tasks however it is important to remember that accidents can happen with little warning as well as can happen to anyone. As a proactive step, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada exists to work with employers and support Canadian employees should they become injured or ill as a result of something that occurs in their work environment.

The Federal Government of Canada offers a variety of benefits and compensation to employees who have been injured while at work. There are some questions you will want to be known the answers to in order to access these benefits.

One of the first questions you will want to ask is - as an employee of the federal government, what type of compensation will I be entitled to? The answer: In this scenario, you will be able to receive compensation for, any medical treatment you will require, any income you will lose because of missed work, as well as other benefits similar to those offered through private companies across many Canadian provinces.

Another question to inquire about is: who will you receive these benefits from? The answer - The government of Canada will provide their employees with these benefits as part of the Government Employees Compensation Act.

Workers’ compensation boards across the provinces administer their own compensation and treatment services and employees are entitled to these services free of charge. The federal government pays each province directly to cover these worker compensation expenses.

Will the benefits from the Government be enough to cover all expenses?

Despite receiving these benefits from the government, you may find you require additional assistance to cover the expenses you in cur as a result of your workplace injury. If you find you have not received enough support from the government program, you can consider the help of a lawyer. If you require further support with your personal injury claims you can look to a Person Injury Lawyer.

What is a Personal Injury Lawyer?

This type of lawyer will represent you in a legal case that is designed to assist with your workplace injury claims. Personal injury lawyers specialize in Tort Law, which pertains to instances where civil wrongdoings have taken place, and as a result have led to unfair suffering or harm. Workplace injuries are covered under this area of law because the lawyer will be seeking out your employer, company, the government, or an individual party as liable in these wrong doings.

What considerations should you make when seeking the help of a Personal Injury Lawyer?

If you decide to turn to a personal injury lawyer, there are some important considerations to make based on several areas of interest.

Reputation and Expertise

When looking for a personal injury lawyer who will be the most effective in dealing with your claim, it is common that other lawyers will refer you to a lawyer who will be trained to handle your specific type of case. Depending on the exact accident or injury you suffer, there are lawyers who are also more familiar with certain injuries. For example, for someone who has perhaps experienced a spinal injury, a lawyer who specializes in these work-related accident outcomes is likely to be the best advocate.

Additionally, receiving recommendations from a friend or family member who has first hand knowledge of the reputation of a various lawyer, is also a wise course of action when seeking out a personal injury lawyer. You want to make sure you have the best chance of receiving your compensation.

Medical Documentation

As an advantage, your personal injury lawyer should seek out the support from the medical specialists who have dealt directly with your care. Your specialist can provide documentation that offers a detailed account of your medical condition and specific injuries you have suffered. Medical proof not only supports the specific health related care you will require and in turn the overall costs, it will also provide further insight, that your lawyer can draw upon when making their case.

Free Consultation

Many Personal Injury Lawyer, offer initial consultation services without a fee. Seeking out the support of a lawyer in this situation will require the payment of fees, once you have received your compensation. Typically, for their services, your lawyer will take a percentage based on the value of the compensation you gain after winning your claim.

Overall, you need to make sure you are aware of all that you are entitled to if you should have an accident on the job. You will want to think ahead about how you will cover any medical expenses and income you could lose while you are recovering and unable to work. You may not want to think about upsetting situations as these, but it is important to be prepared and know what options you have available to you and the types of compensation and benefits that exist.