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Some of the most common workplace injuries are slips and falls. They happen most in professions exposed to changing weather patterns, such as groundskeepers, security guards, and outdoor workers. Snow tracked inside, icy surfaces, and water spills create an innate hazard, even at work.
Overexertion is experienced most among construction workers, health care professionals, and those working in warehouses. Without appropriate breaks, you may sustain disabling injuries. Usually, overexertion is the fault of the employer for not providing proper procedures or training.
Repetitive strain is considered a more cumulative trauma that develops over time. Examples include trigger finger, Raynaud’s disease, and impingement syndrome. These injuries may be the result of a job mismatched to someone’s physical capability, or tasks that overstretch the body for hours on end.
Projectile objects, equipment falling from shelves, tools and materials falling from heights on a building site, collapse of the floor, and even simple wall fixtures can create life-long injuries. If heavy enough, death by crushing is possible.
Operating a vehicle for work related reasons, even away from the physical workplace, falls under the responsibility of your employer. Errands, deliveries, employee transport, driving for a living, and working remotely all count. Auto accident-related workplace injuries may be filed in conjunction with personal injury claims.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists guidelines for workplaces, but violations still occur because of improper training, unsuitable personal protective equipment, and lack of upkeep. Misconduct can lead to amputation, burns, brain injuries, eye damage, degloving incidents, and irreversible spinal cord injuries.
What should I do if I’m injured at work?
It’s important to notify your employer immediately and file an incident report. Receive any immediate medical attention necessary. Then gather all relevant documentation and schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys. We’ll take it from there.
What can I receive compensation for?
Workers receive compensation for current and future medical expenses, wage loss, and depreciated earning capacity. An attorney will handle getting you disability while the case is still open to ensure your financial stability. You may still be eligible for all these compensations even if the accident was your doing. Laws vary by state.
Why do I need a lawyer?
After a serious injury, you want your family to be supported, especially if you’re the sole provider or your wage loss will affect your socioeconomic status. It can be difficult to get precisely what you need from your employer when they don’t offer enough, if any, workers’ compensation.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
On average, workplace injury suits take about 1.5 years. The amount of time it takes depends on settlement negotiations, the necessity of a hearing, and filing of an appeal. The length should not be concerning though; longer negotiations tend to result in the awarding of higher settlements.