Indianapolis Service Industry Accident Lawyers
Service Industry Accident Lawyers in Indianapolis
As the economy has changed in recent years, more people in Indianapolis have found work in service-providing industries. Service-industry jobs are often physically demanding and can lead to severe injuries among workers. Service work-related injuries can be excruciating and cost an injured worker thousands of dollars in medical bills.
If you work in Indianapolis’s service industry and suffer a job-related injury, you need a plan to recover compensation for your losses. The team at Klezmer Maudlin, P.C., has more than 100 years of experience helping injured people rebuild their lives. We know how to navigate Indianapolis’s workers’ compensation regulations and secure fair compensation for your injuries. Reach out to an Indianapolis Service Industry Accident Lawyer.
Depending on your case’s facts, we could help you file a claim to recover compensation if someone who wasn’t your employer caused your injury. We will handle all of the legal work while you rest and recuperate, and you do not owe us any fees unless you collect compensation.
Call us today, visit our contact page, or contact us for your free consultation.
Why You Need an Indianapolis Service Industry Accident Attorney
Service industry jobs place harsh demands on workers and do not always include benefits like health insurance. When service industry workers sustain an injury on the job, they can suffer substantial physical and financial impacts.
A service industry accident attorney can help you after an accident by:
- Identifying who caused your injuries. The cause of a workplace accident can significantly affect how much compensation you receive. If someone other than your employer or a coworker caused an accident, you could have grounds for a third-party liability claim in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits. An attorney can investigate an accident and identify everyone liable for your injuries.
- Documenting your injuries and other losses. The key to maximizing a service industry accident claim is to seek compensation for all your eligible losses. Furthermore, you typically have one shot at claiming compensation after a workplace accident, and you need to make the most of it. A lawyer can review your medical records and other evidence after an accident to ensure you have documented all your losses.
- Helping you file your claim. Filing a claim for a work-related injury is a complex procedure. To give yourself the best chance of recovering the money you need quickly and with a minimum of fuss, have an attorney look over your documents before you submit them.
- Reviewing any offers you receive. Even if you have gone through the workers’ compensation claims process before, you may not know whether you received a fair settlement offer. A lawyer with experience handling service industry accident cases can evaluate any compensation offers you receive and tell you whether the offer is sufficient. If not, a skilled lawyer could negotiate for more money on your behalf.
- Appealing a denied claim. Employers and insurance companies often dispute workers’ compensation claims to avoid paying a costly settlement. When this happens, injured workers are the ones who suffer the consequences. Our lawyers can determine your next steps if someone disputes your workers’ compensation claim.
Why Klezmer Maudlin Is the Right Choice for Your Service Industry Accident Case
Indianapolis has plenty of attorneys who could help you with your case, but who you choose to represent you can significantly affect how much compensation you receive.
Here are a few reasons to choose Klezmer Maudlin, P.C., for your service industry accident case
- We wrote the book on Indiana workers’ compensation cases. Our legal team wrote Indiana’s Workers’ Compensation Practice Manual, which lawyers throughout the state use in workers’ comp claims. We know Indiana’s workers’ compensation system inside and out, and we will protect your rights to the best of our ability.
- More than 100 years of legal experience. Our service industry accident lawyers have handled thousands of workers’ comp cases, and that experience helps us be better advocates for our clients. Our in-depth knowledge of Indiana’s workers’ comp laws helps us achieve better results for injured workers. We’re also experienced in handling third-party liability cases, and if you can pursue one, we can take on that responsibility for you.
- Our commitment to customer service. Every workers’ compensation or third-party liability claim is different, and everyone who sustains a work-related injury has specific needs. We take the time to understand your unique situation to provide the best possible service.
- Affordable legal representation. Many people think they can’t afford to hire a lawyer because of expensive upfront fees. If we take your case at Klezmer Maudlin, P.C., you do not owe us any fees unless we recover compensation for you. We also offer free consultations so you can learn more about us and what we do.
Service Industry Accident Cases We Handle
Our firm has experience with many kinds of service industry accidents, including:
- Transportation accidents. If you have to drive for your job or get into an accident while performing a work-related activity, you can pursue compensation from the other driver or another liable party. Data show transportation accidents are Indiana’s most common cause of workplace deaths.
- Slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents. Service industry workers, particularly those in the healthcare or hospitality fields, may spend most of their workdays on their feet. A slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accident at work can lead to severe injuries, including head trauma or spinal cord injuries. These injuries frequently cause permanent damage and are expensive to treat.
- Contact with objects or equipment. Coming into contact with large, heavy objects at work can cause severe injuries. These incidents sometimes happen because an employee slips or trips, but they can also occur in other ways.
- Fires and explosions. Hot oil or grease, certain cleaning products, and other chemicals used in service industry jobs can ignite or explode. When this happens, anyone caught in the fire or blast may suffer severe burns and other injuries.
- Electric shocks. Accidents involving electricity can cause severe burns, nerve damage, and other significant injuries. These accidents often happen when workers come into contact with malfunctioning equipment or substandard wiring.
- Overexertion. Service industry workers frequently have to move or carry heavy objects. This work can lead to severe injuries if workers push their bodies too hard on the job.
- Repetitive motion. Performing the same motion over and over can gradually cause severe damage to your body. Over time, small cracks can form in bones, muscles and connective tissues can tear, and joints may become stiff.
- Workplace violence. Arguments at work sometimes turn violent, leading to severe injuries for one or both parties involved in a fight. Even if someone didn’t mean to injure their coworker, they might be liable for the other party’s injuries.
Seeking Compensation After a Service Industry Accident
While Indiana’s workers’ compensation laws generally forbid you from suing your employer after an accident, you can file an insurance claim or lawsuit against other liable parties.
Compensation from a service industry workers’ compensation claim may include money for:
- All your medical expenses related to the accident, including the cost of future treatments
- The cost of transportation to your medical appointments
- Your lost wages while you recover from the accident
- Your reduced future earnings due to an injury or disability
- Your physical pain from your injuries
- Your emotional distress from your injuries
- Your diminished quality of life due to an injury or disability
- Any personal property damaged in the accident
Talk to our service industry accident lawyers for more information about what you should accept in your workers’ compensation case.
Indiana Workplace Injury Statistics
Here are a few facts about workplace injuries and accidents in Indiana:
- One recent year saw 158 worker fatalities in Indiana, an increase from previous years. Some of the top causes of fatal workplace accidents include transportation accidents, worker falls, acts of violence, and harmful contact with objects or equipment.
- The Indiana Department of Labor reports about 73,800 workers statewide suffered a nonfatal injury or illness in one recent year. The injury rate for that year was roughly 3.1 nonfatal injuries or illnesses for every 100 full-time workers.
- The Department of Labor also reports 158 Indiana workers died from work-related injuries or illnesses that same year. That figure includes six deaths among food service workers, five deaths among healthcare workers, and three deaths among workers in the arts, entertainment, and recreation sector.
- In one recent year, about 58 percent of Indiana workers who had to miss at least one day of work due to a job-related injury or illness were women.
- According to the Department of Labor, the top four causes of workplace fatalities in one recent year were transportation accidents, workplace violence, falls, and contact with objects or equipment.
Common Injuries From Service Industry Accidents
Workplace accidents in Indianapolis often lead to severe injuries, such as:
- External injuries to the head and face
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Neck injuries
- Severe burns
- Severed or crushed limbs
- Injuries to internal organs
- Internal bleeding
- Sprains, strains, and other soft-tissue injuries
- Cuts and bruises
- Psychological distress
Challenges With Service Industry Accident Cases
As service industry accident lawyers in Indianapolis, one of our jobs is to help our clients work through the insurance issues and other challenges these cases pose.
Some common problems with service industry accident claims include:
- Working through the workers’ compensation system. You generally cannot sue your employer for work-related injuries in Indiana. To file a third-party liability claim, you must show that someone other than your employer caused the accident. If you cannot find another party who caused the accident, you’ll be eligible for only workers’ compensation benefits.
- Proving liability. While workers’ compensation claims do not require you to prove fault, third-party liability claims do. Without sufficient evidence to support your claim, you could lose the money you need after an accident.
- Deadline issues. You have a limited window to file a claim after an accident. You risk losing your right to pursue compensation in court if you miss the deadline. However, you also want to thoroughly document your claim. Rushing through the process could mean settling for less compensation than you deserve.
- Negotiating with insurance companies. No insurance company wants to pay more for a claim than they have to. Insurers will go to great lengths to avoid paying you full compensation for your injuries and knowing how to negotiate with insurers takes practice and experience.
When you have just been through a severe accident, you should be on protecting your health, not filing a claim or lawsuit. The more prudent step is to hire an attorney and let them handle your case while you focus on healing.
What to Do After an Accident at Work
Here is what you need to do after an accident to protect your right to compensation:
- Seek medical treatment immediately.
- Once you have started treatment, report the injury to your employer or ask someone to do so for you.
- Save any evidence from the accident scene, such as photos, surveillance footage, accident reports, etc.
- Write down what happened as soon as you can after the accident.
- Save all your medical records and any receipts related to the accident.
- Do not speak to any insurance companies without talking to a lawyer first.
- Hire our Indianapolis service industry accident lawyers.
Frequently Asked Questions About Service Industry Accident Claims
Clients ask us a lot of questions about service industry accidents, and here are the answers to some of the most common questions we receive:
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After an Accident?
In Indiana, the statute of limitations gives you two years from an accident to file a lawsuit for third-party liability cases and two years for a workers’ compensation claim. If you miss this deadline, you will likely lose your chance to recover compensation for your injuries through the courts. A workers’ compensation claim may give you substantially less time to file a claim, so don’t delay in contacting our lawyers for help filing your claim.
Who Can I Hold Liable for My Service Industry Accident?
Aside from your employer, some of the parties who could be liable for a workplace accident include:
- Third-party vendors
- Equipment manufacturers
- Contractors or subcontractors
- Other drivers or passers-by
A lawyer can look at your case and tell you more about who you can sue for your injuries.
How Much Does a Service Industry Accident Attorney Charge?
At Klezmer Maudlin, P.C., you do not owe us any fees unless you collect compensation for your injuries. This approach means that anyone who needs our services can get high-quality representation without paying legal fees upfront.
Contact an Indianapolis Service Industry Accident Lawyer Now
The Indianapolis service industry accident attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin PC fight for the rights of those injured in work-related accidents. We’re here to protect those in our community and seek justice and fair compensation for you. Call us today at (317) 569-9644 or visit our contact page for your free consultation. Reach out to an Indianapolis personal injury lawyer.
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