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Filing a personal injury claim after a work accident

When an individual is injured at work, it can be a complicated process to claim compensation for damages incurred. West Virginia residents have the right to file a workers' compensation claim for a work-related injury, but in some cases, it may be appropriate to file a third-party personal injury claim as well. A recent accident at the Axiall plants underscores the importance of fully exploring legal options after an accident. 

Eleven people were injured when there was a problem with the coal-fired boiler. According to reports, the cause of the accident is still being investigated. This same facility was cited by Occupational Safety and Health Administration for safety violations earlier this year. 

Three of the workers were being held at a local hospital for observation, while others have been released. At this time, the condition of five of the workers is not known. The 11 workers who were affected by the boiler accident were contract workers, which may impact the sources of financial compensation that could be available to them. 

When a contract worker is injured on the job, a lawyer can determine what legal options are available. In some cases, it may be appropriate to seek compensation from a third party for damages, medical expenses and other financial losses. Workers' compensation may not fully cover the needs of an injured worker, and a successfully presented personal injury claim may be necessary in order to obtain a full recovery. Regardless of fault, West Virginians who are injured on the job are entitled to pursue workers' compensation benefits for medical bills and any lost time from work while recovering. 

Source: wsbtv.com, "11 injured in accident at Axiall plant in West Virginia", Dec. 15, 2015

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