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About Workplace Injuries

Did you know that in 2019, 2.8 out of every 100 full-time workers in the U.S suffered a work-related injury? Workplace injuries are incredibly common in our country. In fact, the National Safety Council estimates that a work-related injury occurs once every seven seconds.

There are a growing number of regulations put in place by the U.S. Department of Labor, but American workers are still experiencing immense suffering, injury, illness, and even death, due to incidents & accidents that occur at work. The possibility of being harmed or injured while at work is an unfortunate reality. We are adamant that workers who are injured while on the job deserve fair compensation.

Common Workplace Injuries

Construction – Construction workers are at risk for injuries & illnesses due to falls or unsafe working conditions. Common workplace injuries within the construction industry include broken/fractured bones, brain injuries, back injuries, spinal cord injuries, eye injuries, and burns.

Healthcare - Healthcare workers are at risk for sprains & strains due to lifting or transferring patients or heavy equipment and have high rates of workplace violence injuries due to the potential for conflict within the industry.

Transportation & Warehousing – Unsurprisingly, many workplace injuries within the Transportation & Warehousing industry are due to motor vehicle accidents. These workers are also at risk for broken bones, strain, pain & soreness, as well as injuries that result from being hit by objects.

Manufacturing – Workers in the manufacturing field often get hurt on the job due to overexertion, which can cause soreness, pain, and strain. They are also at risk for amputations due to machine mishandling or malfunction and other bodily injuries resulting from falls and flying or falling objects.

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How do employees suffer following a workplace injury?

Employees can suffer immensely after experiencing a work-related injury. First, employees face financial issues because they must often undergo medical care for their injuries. This can lead to expensive medical bills. Often, workplace injuries cause health problems for years following the incident which can cause debilitating financial problems for years to come. Financial issues are compounded when the workplace injury prevents an employee from returning to work, which leads to loss of wages.

Workplace injuries can also cause the employee great physical pain. Many physical injuries that occur in the workplace lead to chronic pain and a great deal of physical suffering. In some cases, this pain continues throughout the employee’s life.

Finally, workplace injuries can be incredibly traumatic and cause vast emotional distress. They can be life changing. For example, when an employee suffers an injury that requires an amputation, causes paralysis, or leads to a serious & life-threatening illness, the worker not only suffers the physical effects but also must deal with catastrophic emotional consequences.

What should I do if I am injured on the job?

If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of having been injured while at work, you must first notify your supervisor as soon as you are physically able. This is of the utmost importance because many states have strict time frames within which worker’s compensation claims must be filed. Therefore, you should not delay informing your supervisor of your injury.

Next, you should contact a workplace injury lawyer. Workplace injury lawyers will be able to help make sure that you are fairly & adequately compensated for all physical & emotional suffering.

Finally, while the lawyers work on making sure that you are taken care of financially, you should focus on taking care of your health. Be sure to visit all necessary doctors, take your medication, and do your physical therapy if applicable.

Workplace Injury Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are Workplace Injuries and Where Do They Occur?
Workplace injuries are injuries or illnesses that result from incidents, accidents, or the environmental conditions of a workplace. They can occur in any industry or workplace.

The most common types of workplace injuries include:

Damage to bones, muscles, and ligaments– These types of injuries can include sprains, strains, tears and fractures. These are often the result of slips, falls, and being struck by falling or flying objects. They can also be caused by transportation accidents.

Pain & Soreness – Workers who experience injuries & illnesses that cause pain & soreness frequently have overexertion to blame. Overexertion can occur when workers participate in strenuous activities on a regular basis over the course of months, years, or decades. However, injuries related to overexertion can also occur after one single incident.

Cuts, punctures, and contusions – These are commonly caused by falling objects or slips, falls, and violent incidents.

Eye Injuries – Again, falling or unsecured objects, including flying debris are frequently at fault for these types of injuries. Eye injuries can also be caused by allergic reactions to a workplace environment, or harmful contact with chemicals.

Respiratory Conditions – These are usually caused by the environment of a workplace and are the result of exposure to harmful toxins that inhabit the area.
What are my legal rights when injured at work?
It is important to know and understand your legal rights if you have experienced a workplace injury.

You are generally able to sue your employer for a workplace injury if you can prove that they were at fault for your injury and they do not have worker's compensation insurance. You may also be able to sue the manufacturer of any equipment or machinery that caused your injury if you can prove that the equipment or machinery was defective. Finally, you may be able to sue a third-party if your workplace injury was caused by a direct act of violence or as a result of carelessness or negligence on behalf of another person.
Can workplace injuries be prevented?
Yes! In fact, most workplace injuries are preventable. Employers can incorporate safety & wellness plans into their workplaces, conduct employee medical screenings regularly, provide more education & training, maintain adequate staffing numbers for the workload, keep up to date on inspections, and maintain open lines of communication with employees.Employees can stay alert, always exercise an abundance of caution, use personal protective equipment, and avoid overexertion. The combination of these actions taken by both employers and employees can drastically reduce instances of workplace injuries.
Can I sue my employer if they carry worker's compensation insurance?
In many scenarios, you are not be able to sue your employer for a workplace injury if they have worker’s compensation insurance. However, there are some exceptions. Below are some common situations that might allow you to sue your employer if you get injured on the job, regardless of whether they carry worker’s compensation insurance:

If you are an independent contractor, you may be able to sue an employer for a workplace related injury, as technically, you are not employed by the company at which you were working for when the injury occurred.

If you can prove that your employer was grossly negligent and that gross negligence in turn caused your injury, you might be able to sue your employer.

You may be able to sue on the grounds of “product liability” if your employer manufactured a piece of equipment or machinery that caused your injury.

If your injury was caused intentionally either by your employer, or by a contractor/subcontractor with whom your employer was working at the time of your injury, you might be able to sue your employer.

What disability benefits am I entitled to?

In most cases, your employer will have worker’s compensation insurance. While worker’s compensation protects your employer, it is also incredibly beneficial to you in the case of work-related injuries or illnesses.

Workers compensation allows your employer to pay for all medical bills related to your workplace injury. This includes medication, doctor’s visits, and surgery. Additionally, you will be compensated through disability payment for any lost wages due to your injury. The different types of disability benefits include: Temporary Total Disability, Temporary Partial Disability, Permanent Total Disability, or Permanent Partial Disability. Death benefits are also available to family members if the workplace injury results in death.

Do I need to hire a lawyer?

We recommend that you hire an attorney who specializes in workplace injuries & illnesses. The process to recover damages does not always run as smoothly as one would hope. Oftentimes, it can be difficult to navigate the workers compensation system, especially when an injured or ill worker is attempting to heal and obtain medical care.

We often see issues related to denied claims, delayed payment and unfair/insufficient payment. Qualified workplace injury lawyers can help you:

  • Understand and meet all deadlines – Deadlines vary state by state and can be complex to understand. It is essential that you meet all deadlines for filing cases, submitting evidence, etc. If you miss any important deadlines, your entire claim could be in jeopardy.
  • Ensure that you do not get buried under the mountains of paperwork that can accumulate in workplace injury cases. An attorney will be able to help you get everything completed & submitted adequately.
  • Gather necessary supporting evidence to help you make the best case possible.
  • Negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf.
  • Represent you at trial.

We hope that you never need the services of a workplace injury lawyer. However, we have found that it helps immensely to have a lawyer on your side if the situation does arise. The best thing you can do following a job-related injury is to contact a qualified attorney so that you can invest all your energy into your recovery!

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