Bangor Industrial Accident Lawyers Assisting Injured Workers to Recover Compensation
Manufacturing is Maine’s largest economic sector, with wood and paper products as the state’s largest sectors, followed by electronics, food processing, and naval shipbuilding. Whether it’s in one of these industries, or any construction site, factory, road work area or building project, industrial workers are exposed to a series of hazards daily that place them at risk of safety precautions are not followed. Sadly, even in 2021, work-related injuries and deaths remain a leading cause of preventable injury and death in Maine and the United States.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE BEEN INJURED ON THE JOB?
If you’ve been injured on the job, your first remedy is to file a workers’ compensation claim. At Gideon Asen, we do not handle workers’ compensation cases, but we regularly associate with lawyers across the State who do, and would be pleased to assist you in finding the right lawyer to meet your needs.
In addition to a workers’ compensation claim, you may have a personal injury, product liability or other claim arising out of the same industrial accident. We are experts in handling these types of non-workers compensation claims.
The reason it’s important to consider both types of claims is that workers’ compensation claims are limited to recovery of medical expenses and partial wage replacement. Workers’ compensation does not allow for the recovery of non-economic damages, like pain, suffering and emotional distress. For that reason, claims brought outside of the workers’ compensation system may afford a much higher financial recovery than a workers’ compensation claim.
Can I Sue My Employer While on Workers’ Compensation?
In most cases where an employer offers workers compensation benefits, you cannot sue them for a workplace injury. Because Maine requires almost all employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, employers are largely immune to personal injury lawsuits. There are a few exceptions to this rule, such as when you work as an independent contractor and not an employee.
A skilled personal injury attorney Portland will be able to help you determine whether your case qualifies for additional claims for personal injury. In some situations, you may be able to seek compensation from a third party such as someone working for a different employer (or subcontractor), the manufacturer of a faulty piece of equipment that contributed to your accident or a company responsible for serving and maintaining the equipment. Each case is unique, and not everyone will be eligible for a civil lawsuit, so it is best to consult an attorney to understand your specific situation.
How Can an Industrial Accident Attorney Help Me?
Accidents that take place in an industrial setting are often serious and traumatic events for victims. A knowledgeable industrial accident attorney in Bangor can help inform you of your rights and guide you in taking the right steps to recover compensation. In special cases where there is an opportunity to file a civil claim for additional damages compensation, a personal injury attorney Bangor can represent you and help you navigate all the laws and regulations pertaining to this process, ensuring your case settles quickly and that you receive the money you need to get back on your feet.
When you have been injured and are unable to work, the growing stack of medical bills accumulated every day is often a cause of stress and emotional anguish. An industrial accident attorney can take over negotiations with the insurance company on your behalf and ensure you receive fair treatment from your employer at every step of the way, so you can focus on healing and recovering from your injury. Trying to do it all yourself can often prove to be overwhelming, ineffective, and cause unnecessary delays.
What Should I Do Next?
If you are an industrial worker in Maine and have been hurt on the job, reach out to the legal team at Gideon Asen LLC for a no-commitment consultation. We will be happy to assist you with free case analysis and will answer all your questions. Contact us at (207) 206-8982 to get started.