Your Georgia Workers’ Compensation Case: Special Considerations If You Got Hurt In A Major Disaster
From oil rig explosions to office shootings, workplace disasters cause years of pain and suffering for affected employees and their loved ones. If you have been injured in a major disaster on the job, keep the following considerations in mind:
Dealing with the Media
In the aftermath of a major workplace incident, it may be tempting to badmouth your employer, especially if you believe negligence was involved. Take caution, however, as anything you say can be used against you. Caution should also be demonstrated as you address your injuries on social media.
Supporting Your Coworkers
As severe as your suffering may seem, your coworkers may have experienced even greater physical or emotional trauma. Support your fellow employees with thoughtful notes or by volunteering to babysit their children while they receive medical treatment.
Suing a Third Party
Your options for holding your employer accountable (beyond workers’ compensation benefits) are unfortunately limited. However, there may be other avenues for seeking justice, especially if a third party’s grossly careless or negligent actions led to your injury. For example, if a smelting machine boiled over explosively because of a defective cover, or if a security company failed to prevent a violent protester breaching your workplace and attacking you and other employees – and you suffered injury as a result – you could potentially sue the parties for damages. If several employees got hurt in the incident, a class action lawsuit may be a viable option. An attorney well-versed in both workers’ compensation and personal injury can help you determine your potential for a third party lawsuit.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Mental Trauma
What if you weren’t physically harmed by the workplace disaster? Exposure to a terrifying incident could still lead to post-traumatic stress disorder or other mental health issues and entitle you to compensation.
Were you injured in a major disaster at work? Smith, Wallis & Scott, LLP can help you obtain justice in your workers’ compensation case. Get in touch today to learn about your legal options.