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Are you Entitled to More Than Just Disability Benefits?

Steve Wagner

Bremen Castings Inc. (BCI) of Indiana has recorded one million man-hours, without time lost due to accidents. This is because of the company’s emphasis on safety and making the individual employees accountable for safety in the workplace. Company policy mandates employees fill out ‘near miss’ reports when they notice something amiss or when encountering something potentially dangerous, even something as minor as a slippery step. The executive team analyzes the reports to take corrective measures, and to prevent recurrence of such threats in future.

BCI’s initiatives provide a benchmark to assess whether the employer has taken sufficient care to prevent workplace accidents. The same, however cannot be said of most other establishments in the industry. In fact, foundries, machine shops, mines, and other industrial or construction type environments have earned notoriety as dangerous places for workers. There have been countless instances in the past when workers have suffered from temporary or permanent disabilities, and even death, due to accidents in dangerous workplaces such as these. In the absence of proactive measures and benchmarks on the part of the employer, there are huge chances of employees sustaining serious personal injuries. When that happens, very often, the only compensation for injured workers are disability benefits as determined by the Workers’ Compensation Board.

This however, need not be the case. Employees who are injured because the employer did not have adequate safety measures in place may bring forth a personal injury lawsuit to claim damages from the employer. A personal injury lawsuit should ideally accompany a disability benefits claim. The disability benefit pays only for apparent physical injuries. With a personal injury lawsuit, the victim can claim compensation for mental pain and suffering, and by this, also seek to claim punitive damages from the employer.

It is important for injured workers to understand their rights. Wagner Reese has a team of highly talented personal injury attorneys, who, due to their experience and track record of successfully pursuing similar cases, are familiar and adept with all procedures related to filing and fighting such cases. The fact that we do not charge any money upfront, and that you do not have to pay anything until you receive your settlement, are other compelling reasons to entrust your case to our Indiana work comp attorneys.

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