If you work for a landscaping company, you will often be performing hard labor and working with dangerous equipment. While doing this, you may be at risk of injuring yourself and you may be entitled to compensation through a workers' compensation insurance program. However, depending on the type of injury, and the state you reside in, you may need help from a work injury attorney to prove that your injuries are work-related.
Qualify for Workers' Compensation Benefits
To be entitled to compensation for workers' compensation benefits, you will need to prove that your injuries were the result of your landscaping work. For example, you may be injured while performing landscaping along the side of the road and you will need to prove that you were engaged in work-related activities when you were hit by a car.
In some cases, your injuries might be difficult to prove because they have developed over a long period of time. For example, if you have been exposed to pesticides, you may develop an illness that is associated with pesticide exposure. However, there might be other chemicals that also could have caused your injuries.
Being bit by a pest is also an injury that can occur when you are not at work. For example, you might be bitten by a brown recluse spider and suffer a serious injury due to the type of poison that this spider uses. However, it might be difficult to prove that you were bitten while at work.
Identify Defective Equipment
A lot of the equipment used by landscapers can be dangerous when it malfunctions. Therefore, you may also have a case against the landscaping equipment manufacturer. If this is the case, you will want to speak with a work injury attorney about how you may want to file a personal injury claim at the company.
Know What to Do After an Accident
After you are injured, you will want to record everything that happened. Make sure to take photographs of the scene of the accident. Make note of everyone who may have witnessed your accident. Then, inform your employer about your injury, receive medical treatment, and speak with a workers' compensation lawyer.
Speaking to an attorney is important because you will want to get started on your case right away so you can begin receiving workers' compensation benefits. Also, the sooner you start your case, the less likely your evidence will disappear.