Indianapolis Work Injury Attorney
Workplace injuries can have devastating consequences such as spinal cord trauma and, in some cases, death.
A work injury lawyer at Golitko & Daly can handle all aspects of your claim so you can collect compensation and focus on your recovery.
Our lawyers in Indianapolis and Kokomo, Indiana, are ready to help you determine if you are eligible for workers’ compensation.
Determining Eligibility for Workers’ Comp
Workers’ Compensation Insurance
In Indiana, employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance. With this coverage, employees may be eligible for compensation even if they are partially responsible for their own injury.
Timely Filing of a Claim
In order for your claim to be eligible, it must be reported to your employer within 30 days of the injury. Delays could result in your claim being denied.
Injury during Employment
In order to be eligible for workers’ compensation, your injury must have occurred while performing your assigned work duties, whether those take place on the job site or elsewhere.
Statute of Limitations
When it comes to filing workers’ compensation cases, time is of the essence. The Indiana Workers’ Compensation Act dictates that you must file a claim within two years of the date of the accident in order to receive any benefits. Consequently, the sooner you speak to a lawyer about your case, the more likely you are to actually receive the benefits you deserve.
Do you believe you are entitled to compensation benefits?
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Our law firm has helped many clients like you receive compensation for job-related injuries. We can review the specifics of your injury and determine whether you have a case during your complimentary case review.
Common Types of Work Injuries
Poorly maintained or malfunctioning equipment can cause serious burn injuries, electrocution, or amputation.
Slips, Trips, Falls
A dangerous work premises, poorly constructed scaffolding, or improper harnessing can lead to falls.
Improper training or driver inattention can result in injuries to forklift drivers and surrounding bystanders.
Lift Bucket Accidents
Improperly maintained equipment or safety violations can lead to falls, spinal cord injuries, or death.
Construction sites are a breeding ground for injuries, especially if negligence or recklessness are involved.
How the Type of Injury Will Influence the Case
The cause of your injury and type of injury will greatly influence how our lawyers proceed with your case. If your injury could have been prevented or was caused by negligence on behalf of your employer, a manufacturer, or other party, there could be third-party liability involved. If this is the case, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit.
Our Legal Team is Dedicated to Helping Workers
A One-of-a-Kind Team
Whether we settle your case outside of court or take it to trial, our goal is to help you collect the compensation you need. Our verdicts and settlements speak for themselves when it comes to our ability to help injured workers.
Many local law firms in Indianapolis and nearby areas refer their cases to Matthew Golitko, our workers’ compensation lawyer. Mr. Golitko currently serves as the chairman of the Indiana Trial Lawyer Association’s Workers Compensation Section.
Did Your Employer Fire You after an Injury on the Job?
Indiana law protects injured workers. In addition to representing injured workers to recover payment for medical bills and wage replacement, we represent employees in employment law matters related to injuries. Workers are sometimes subjected to wrongful discharge as a result of an on-the-job injury. We can assert workers’ rights in “Frampton action” cases.
What types of work injuries do Golitko & Daly handle?
- Lift Bucket Accidents
- Construction Accidents
- Disfigurement & Scarring
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Fall Injuries
- Forklift Accidents
- Slips, Trips & Falls Resulting from OSHA Violations
- Electric Shock
- And More
What Our Clients Say
“I have known John Daly for several years and have worked with him on many construction injury claims. He has always been very professional in his approach to helping the injured worker secure a positive verdict when they have been rightfully injured on the job sight due to another’s negligence…”Cindy M.
Can I Afford a Lawyer?
Yes, you can.Golitko & Daly takes work injury caseson a contingency basis.In other words, we collect no fees until we help you collect the compensation you need. Our attorneys in Indianapolis and Kokomo, Indiana, also offer free consultations.
The more appropriate question is: Can you afford not to hire a lawyer? It can be incredibly difficult to collect the amount of compensation you truly deserve without legal representation in your corner. You owe it to yourself to schedule a free case review with our attorneys if you or someone you love has been injured on the job.
Schedule a Free Consultation with Us Today
Our Indianapolis law firm has helped many clients just like you receive compensation for job-related injuries. We can review the specifics of your injury and determine whether you have a case during your complimentary case review.
Verdicts & Settlements
$5.9 Million Dollar Settlement
Our attorneys recovered compensation for a victim who was rendered quadriplegic as a result of a semi-truck accident.
$5.3 Million Dollar Settlement
By pursuing a workers’ compensation claim following a ladder fall, our team recovered millions in compensation.
$10.2 Million Dollar Verdict
Following the wrongful death of a union worker on a highway construction site, our law firm went to trial and recovered a multi million-dollar jury award.
We Handle a Wide Range of Work Injury Cases
Slips, Trips, and Falls
Golitko & Daly is uniquely qualified to handle your premises liability claim if you are a victim of improper fall protection. We have handled several workplace slips, trips, and falls cases involving severe injuries, including paralysis and even death.
Slip and fall accidents injure or kill Indiana construction workers every year. OSHA studies show that every year there are approximately 100,000 injuries and 150 deaths at construction sites as a result of falls. Under OSHA and IOSHA regulations, it is the employer’s responsibility to make certain that fall protection systems are in place before actual construction work begins.
Defective Product Cases
Clients with workers’ compensation claims may also have a lawsuit against an equipment manufacturer (unsafe or defective equipment) or a sub-contractor (or the general contractor) may be liable for a workplace injury. These are often referred to as product liability claims. We have experience dealing with faulty lift buckets, defective switches, and failures in guarding.
Fall Prevention vs. Arrest
These OSHA mandated safety measures allow Indiana construction workers to concentrate on their job, rather than operating in an environment of fear and danger. Fall protection is generally divided into two categories.
Fall prevention is basically designed to prevent falls from happening in the first place. Many times, employers don’t follow these OSHA regulations, and the lack of fall protection can lead to devastating injury, paralysis, or death.
Fall arrest systems prevent Indiana construction workers from landing in a manner that would result in injury or death. Unfortunately, employers many times take shortcuts or fail to follow OSHA and IOSHA regulations, leading to life-changing consequences.
Often found on construction sites and in manufacturing plants and warehouses, forklifts are the cause of a wide range of serious accidents. Thousands of workers — both forklift operators and other construction workers — are injured each year by forklift accidents.
If forklifts were always constructed well, properly maintained, and safely used, accidents would be few and far between. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. Common causes of accidents include: Poor maintenance, failure to train forklift operators, operating on uneven surfaces, operating too quickly, failure to properly equip the forklift for the construction work, and product defects such as defective overhead guards or backrest extensions.
The most common type of forklift accident is a rollover accident, often caused by driving off loading docks or driving on uneven pavement. Other common forklift accidents include falls from forklifts and workers being hit by moving forklifts.
Aerial Lift Buckets
Trucks with aerial lift buckets are indispensable to many industries, including the construction, telephone, and electrical industries. However, they are also dangerous pieces of equipment that can cause serious injury, many times resulting in wrongful death or paralysis.
Our lift bucket accident attorneys can act quickly to preserve evidence after your bucket truck accident. The sooner you talk to an attorney, the better. We have extensive experience with cases involving negligent truck maintenance, guard failure, faulty controls, and OSHA/IOSHA violations.
Many lift bucket accidents are caused by unsafe equipment. Rental companies will circulate bucket trucks that have not been properly inspected or weren’t working in the first place. When these bucket trucks cause injuries, injured workers may be able to hold the rental companies responsible. Similarly, if a manufacturer put a faulty cherry picker on the market, it can and should be held accountable for any injuries the product defects caused.
Handling All Four Corners of a Work Injury Case
There are potentially four different legal proceedings involved in a work injury case, including:
- The workers’ compensation case if the accident happened on-the-job
- A third party liability case against a rental company, general contractor or another negligent party
- A defective product case against the company that designed or manufactured the equipment
- A Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) case if your injuries are likely to last 12 months or longer
We have a wide range of resources available to you. All aspects of your case can and will be handled right here at Golitko & Daly.
Pursuing All Avenues of Work Injury Compensation
On-the-job accidents are a major cause of spinal cord injury and other catastrophic effects. When an injury occurs at work, there are a variety of ways to collect compensation. For example, an electrician, mason, or ironworker who falls at a job site may have a third-party liability claim, also known as a personal injury case, against the contractor who assembled the scaffolding. In addition, that same ironworker may have a workers’ compensation claim against an employer. If a worker is unable to return to work, he or she may also have a disability claim. We are prepared to help with the pursuit of all these cases within one law firm. Golitko & Daly in Indianapolis and Kokomo, Indiana, focuses on all of these areas to provide the best representation to the client.
We Go to Work When You Can’t
John P. Daly Jr. and Matt Golitko, who specializes in workers’ compensation in Indianapolis, discuss why they chose to work together. They handle all aspects of their clients’ needs under one roof, providing the focus and attention each case deserves.
The Golitko & Daly Difference: What Sets Us Apart
- One of our Indianapolis attorneys is also a nurse who handles all Social Security disability claims. She also reviews medical components of personal injury and workers’ comp claims, as well as construction injury claims.
- Our workers’ compensation lawyer, Mr. Matthew Golitko, receives many referrals from other law firms that choose not to handle this aspect of law. Mr. Golitko is also the Chairman of the Indiana Trial Lawyer Association – Workers Compensation Section.
- Mr. John Daly is certified in several areas by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
- We prepare every case as if for trial, even though most cases settle out of court. Mr. Daly has had multiple verdicts – one as high as $10.2 million.
Sustained a Work Injury? Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you’ve been injured in a work accident, we urge you to concentrate on getting as well as you can and to focus on your recovery — and to leave the legal matters in our hands. Contact our offices online to receive your free case evaluation. You can also call one of our convenient locations in Indianapolis or Kokomo, Indiana, to discuss your claim with a work injury lawyer at Golitko & Daly.
Golitko & Daly, P.C.
Our Indianapolis and Kokomo attorneys are committed to protecting the rights of injured workers. In addition to our aggressive representation, we pride ourselves on our:
- Proven results
- Free consultations for clients
- Contingency-based services
- Affiliations with the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and more
To speak with one of our attorneys about your case, call us at (866) 357-3475 or request a consultation online.