Work Accident Attorney Indianapolis
Hurt on the job in the Indianapolis area? Indiana law firm Hocker & Associates, LLC, is ready to fight for your rights. We handle third-party liability claims.
Workplace accidents in Indiana can result in serious injuries or a fatality. If you or a loved one was hurt at work, you may face an injury that leaves you unable to do your job for weeks, months or even permanently. You may face permanent disabilities. If your loved one died in a work accident, you may wonder how you can pick up the pieces. Your loved one may have been the sole breadwinner - in addition to someone who provided emotional support.
Knowing what to do after an injury at work can be confusing. Many people assume all they need to do is tell their employer and everything will be taken care of by their company. But workplace accidents are often much more complicated than many people realize.
That's why injured workers throughout Indiana turn to Hocker & Associates, LLC for the legal help they need after their workplace accidents. If someone other than your employer was responsible for the accident, you may have grounds to pursue a personal injury claim against that third party. Personal injury lawyer Brett E. Osborne, a legal professional with more than two decades' experience, represents clients with third-party claims in on-the-job accidents.
(Note: Hocker & Associates does not handle workers' compensation claims, but we do represent injured workers with third-party liability claims. If you were injured but do not have a third-party claim, we can refer you to a workers' comp attorney.)
We are prepared to help you sort through the details and get justice. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling a variety of workplace accident cases and can work with you every step of the way.
What are common workplace injuries?
Our law firm has years of experience handling a wide range of workplace accidents in Indianapolis and other cities throughout Indiana. Some of the most common workplace accidents we regularly handle include:
- Back injuries (36 percent of workplace injuries affect people's back, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
- Shoulder injuries (12 percent)
- Knee injuries (12 percent)
- Ankle injuries (9 percent)
- Arm injuries (4 percent)
Sometimes, injuries such as those listed above occur due to a single incident. However, many workplace injuries slowly develop over time due to repeatedly performing the same physical activity. Factory workers and office employees are especially susceptible to repetitive motion injuries, including carpal tunnel syndrome or nerve damage in the hands and wrists.
What are common causes of workplace injuries?
According to the same U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study, the most common causes of workplace accidents include:
- Overexertion when lifting (22 percent)
- Slip and fall accidents (12 percent)
- Slip but not falling accidents (7 percent)
- Violent attacks (4 percent)
- Falls from a height (3 percent)
Many workplace accidents occur at construction sites, factories and warehouses. However, they can just as easily occur in offices, restaurants, hotels and all other workplace environments. That's why workplace safety must be a priority in every workplace in Indiana.
Am I guaranteed workers' comp benefits in Indiana if I'm injured at work?
By law, most workers in Indiana are eligible to receive worker's compensation. But there's no guarantee that you will automatically receive workers' comp benefits if you're injured on the job. The Worker's Compensation Board of Indiana sometimes denies claims submitted by injured workers. We can refer you to a workman's comp attorney.
There are many reasons why workers compensation claims are denied in Indiana. The most common reason is your employer or a doctor selected by your employer does not believe you are actually hurt. They might argue you can still physically work.
If you are deemed eligible to receive workers' compensation, you can receive two-thirds of your average weekly salary for the past 12 months but no more than $600 per week.
If your claim is denied, you still have options. Contact a lawyer at our firm if your claim is denied.
Why do I need an Indiana workplace accident lawyer?
Obtaining full and fair compensation for your workplace injury can turn into a complicated process. But we can handle the details, so you can focus on getting better. When you contact us, we can explain all the legal options available to you, including if your accident at work was caused by someone working for another company. In that specific case, you could qualify for a third-party workplace accident claim.
Schedule a free consultation with our law firm as soon as possible. Call (317) 578-1630. Helping workers throughout Indiana get the money they rightfully deserve drives us to work hard every single day. We want to help you make a fresh start. We want to be your lawyer for life.