The large majority of people would like to do their job and clock out at the end of the day. Unfortunately, your co-workers may not share the same sentiments. As such, they may not take their responsibilities as seriously, which can lead to harm to others. If you are injured because of a co-worker, you may not know how to proceed. Luckily, the following blog, in conjunction with a Prince George’s County work injury lawyer, can assist you through this complex process to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
What Kinds of Work Injuries Are Common?
Unfortunately, there are a number of work-related injuries that can occur, many of which depend on the field of work you are in. However, many risks transcend the bounds of a job description, especially when they are caused by another worker. These can include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Slips and falls
- Improper use of equipment
- Being struck by objects
If an employee performs a task they are unauthorized to do or does not receive the proper training to safely complete a task, it can lead to injuries. Similarly, if an employee is engaged in tomfoolery while you are working, you can become injured because of their actions.
If My Co-Worker Hurt Me While Working, Can I Receive Workers’ Compensation?
If a co-worker is the reason you are injured while working, you may worry that you cannot receive workers’ compensation. However, this is far from the truth. Any time you are injured while working, whether it was caused by your employer’s negligence or not, you can receive workers’ compensation.
The only exceptions to this are if your co-worker injured you while you were on your lunch break, you were partaking in illegal activities, you were fooling around or engaging in “horseplay” together, or you and the other employee were engaged in physical violence. If any of these apply to the circumstances in which you were injured, you will not be eligible for compensation for the injuries sustained.
However, if your co-worker caused an injury while you were on the clock performing your duties as expected, you can likely receive worker’s compensation. This is because they are an entity of your employer. As such, you will be eligible to obtain payment.
It is crucial to understand that by accepting workers’ compensation, you relinquish the right to pursue legal action against your employer or the co-worker responsible for your injuries. It’s also important to know that workers’ compensation will only cover your medical expenses and a portion of the income you’ve lost while out of work. You will not be able to recover non-economic damages, like pain and suffering.
When you need assistance after a work-related injury, whether caused by your employer or co-worker, McCarthy, Winkelman, Mester & Offutt can help. Our dedicated legal team will do everything possible to help you receive the compensation you deserve. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.