Approaching a Workplace Accident
15 March 2020
What is a Workplace Accident?
A workplace accident is an injury that is sustained unexpectedly while performing job-related duties. Typically when this occurs, the employee would be covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation policy. Workers’ compensation protects employees when they are injured or become ill due to their job. The policy covers any lost wages as well as medical expenses. While this type of insurance is required by law in most states, some employers may choose not to purchase it, which increases their chances of being sued in the event that an employee becomes injured. However, in cases where employers do have worker’s comp, they may still be sued due to intentional misconduct. Learn about the Davis Law Group approach to work injury law as well as common types.
How Our Firm Approaches Work Injury Law
When approaching work injury law, our knowledgeable attorneys work diligently to ensure our clients receive the most favorable outcome. Our firm has handled many workplace accident cases, and possess the experience necessary when it comes to the specific laws that pertain to any workplace accident. We make it a priority to make sure you receive the appropriate care while you’re out of work until the settlement, the settlement funds you need to support your family, and justice concerning the negligence that caused your injury.
Common Types of Workplace Injuries
Some of the most common workplace injuries include slips and falls, repetitive strains, overexertion, falling or moving object accidents, auto accidents, accidents due to equipment operation.
Slips and Falls
Slips and falls are an injury often experienced by workers. They can be minor, like rolled ankles, or severe, like falls. When injuries are severe, they can result in disability or even death. People who work as groundskeepers, security guards, and those who work outside are at the most risk.
It is estimated that over 35% of work-related injuries are due to overexertion. Overexertion occurs when an individual overworks themselves, doing something that is beyond their physical capacity. This type of injury is the typically the fault of the employer for not providing proper procedures, training, or breaks.
Repetitive strain refers to the damage and pain that occurs as a result of overused muscles, ligaments, nerves, or tendons. Common injuries include trigger finger, Raynaud’s disease, and impingement syndrome. Professions that have a high-risk of this type of injury include truck drivers, construction workers, healthcare workers, and more.
Auto-related accidents can fall under the employer if the employee was operating a vehicle that belongs to the company or if the employee was performing an errand on behalf of the company. Deliveries, employee transport, driving for a living, and working remotely all count as well.
Falling and Moving Objects
While at work, it is possible that a person may be injured due to a falling or moving object. These can include projectile objects, equipment falling from shelves, and tools and materials falling from heights on a building site. It is also possible that temporary floor structures can collapse, and simple wall fixtures can fall, creating life-long disabilities.
Handling equipment incorrectly can result in serious injuries. Misconduct and mishandling can lead to amputation, burns, brain injuries, eye damage, degloving incidents, and irreversible spinal cord injuries.
Contact Davis Law Group When Facing a Workplace Accident
If you have experienced a workplace injury and believe there was intentional misconduct, schedule a consultation with the attorneys at Davis Law Group today. Prior to the consultation, it is important to notify your employer of your injury as well as file an incident report. On the day of your consultation, bring any useful documentation, including medical records from the incident. At Davis Law Group, we understand that many jobs have dangerous aspects, and you deserve compensation for your injuries. We will pay attention to every detail of your case and work toward the most favorable outcome.