Unfortunately, when you have a co-worker who does not take their job responsibilities seriously, you may be injured as a result. As such, you may not know who can be held liable for the injuries you’re enduring and if this situation warrants worker’s compensation. It’s imperative to contact an experienced Houston workplace accident lawyer as soon as possible to help you receive the compensation you’re entitled to. Keep reading to learn more about what to do if another employee is the reason you are injured.
What Are Common Work Injuries?
When you go to work, you likely want to complete your duties before clocking out for the day. However, if other employees do not share the same sentiment, it can lead to injuries.
Common workplace accidents caused by the negligence of other employees include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Improper use of equipment
- Slips and falls
- Failure to clean their work area
- Being struck by falling objects
- Fooling around or engaging in shenanigans
Unfortunately, if another employee is messing around with a piece of equipment they are not authorized to use or fails to secure the materials they are working with, causing it to fall and hit you, you can suffer immensely as a result.
These accidents can cause injuries like broken bones, neck and spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, and even wrongful death, among other damages.
Can I Get Workers’ Compensation if I’m Injured By a Co-Worker?
It’s important to understand that in most instances you can receive workers’ compensation when you are injured on the job, regardless of who was at fault. However, there are instances in which you could be denied. This includes if you were fooling around with another employee, the injury occurred while you were on your lunch break, or you were actively engaged in an illegal activity.
If injured on the job due to the negligence of a co-worker, it’s essential to understand that you can receive workers’ compensation. However, these payments will only cover medical expenses directly related to your injury and a portion of the income you’ll lose while healing. You will not receive compensation for any pain and suffering.
Generally, you cannot file a lawsuit against your employer if the injury is covered under workers’ compensation. However, if your employer is a non-subscriber or only your co-worker is to blame, you may be able to proceed with a suit. It’s essential to receive guidance from an experienced attorney before filing a lawsuit against an individual, as you’ll want to ensure it is legally valid.
At the Gonzalez Law Group, we understand how frustrating these occurrences can be. As such, we will do everything possible to help you recover the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn how we can assist you through this challenging process.