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A Work Injury Lawyer Can Protect Your Rights

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. 

Why should I hire Golitko & Daly?

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Our Legal Team is Dedicated to Helping Workers 

A One-of-a-Kind Team

Attorney Judith E. Golitko is also a certified registered nurse, and attorney John Daly has earned several certifications from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Proven Results 

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.

Highly Referred 

Many local law firms 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. 

What types of work injuries do Golitko & Daly handle?

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How Common Are Workplace Injuries?

2.8 million work injuries in 2017

According to the United States Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries occurred during 2017. The previous year, there were more than 5,000 reported fatalities caused by workplace injuries

Am I 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.

Can I Afford a Lawyer?

Yes, you can. Golitko & Daly takes work injury cases on a contingency basis. In other words, we collect no fees until we help you collect the compensation you need. We also offer free consultations for all clients. 

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.

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We Go to Work When You Can't

John P. Daly Jr. and Matt Golitko, who specializes in workers' compensation, 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.

Pursuing All Avenues of Work Injury Compensation

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 focuses on all of these areas to provide the best representation to the client. 
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An on-the-job injury requires the counsel of a personal injury lawyer who can protect your best interests.

One Firm
Handling All Types of Work Injury Cases

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.

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.

The Golitko & Daly Difference: What Sets Us Apart

  • One of our 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.

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. 

Workplace 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.

OSHA studies show that every year there are approximately 100,000 injuries and 150 deaths at construction sites as a result of falls.

Understanding Fall Protection and Fall 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

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

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.

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A slip and fall in a construction area can have especially devastating consequences.

Forklift Accidents

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. At Golitko & Daly, we have helped clients with serious spine injuries – including quadriplegia and paraplegia – and personally witnessed the effects of such injuries, both emotionally and financially, on Hoosier families. These experiences feed our compassion and drive us to help.

Determining the Cause of Your Forklift Accident

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 forklift accidents include:

  • Poor/improper maintenance of the forklift
  • Failure to train forklift operators
  • Improper operation of forklifts, including operating on uneven surfaces
  • Operating too quickly and operating in dangerous areas
  • Failure to properly equip the forklift for the construction work
  • Product defects, including defective overhead guards, backrest extensions, blades and restraint systems

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.

Forklift accidents can result in lifelong impairment. We can fight for the compensation you need in order to rebuild your life.

Lift Buckets: Accidents & Injuries

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. If you or a loved one has been injured in a lift bucket accident, we can help. At Golitko & Daly, you will find both compassion and dedicated advocacy, whether your case involves a fall injury, electrical shock, or wrongful death

Early Intervention in Your Cherry Picker Case

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, and no matter what the cause of your accident, we can help. We have extensive experience with cases involving:

  • Negligent truck maintenance
  • Guard failure
  • Faulty controls
  • OSHA/IOSHA violations
  • Defects in the hydraulics system
  • Overturning

A Faulty Bucket Truck Can Cause Serious Injuries, Including Spine Injuries and Death

Many lift bucket accidents, including those in Indianapolis, are caused by unsafe equipment. Rental companies will circulate bucket trucks that are not 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.  Let us determine the party liable for your accident or the death of your loved one.

We can help victims of lift bucket accidents collect compensation for their injuries.

Handling All Four Corners of a Construction Accident Case

There are potentially four different legal proceedings involved in a forklift or bucket truck accident case, including:

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.

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 to discuss your claim with a work injury lawyer at Golitko & Daly

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