Work Accidents Which May Require Compensation
Most industries have safety guidelines which attempt to protect workers from common accidents, but they still happen. We see new types of workplace accidents all the time, but there are several which frequently result in the need for financial compensation.
According to the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety, overexertion involving outside sources is the number one cause of disabling injuries in the workplace, at over 24%. Overexertion injuries usually involve strenuous physical labor, such as lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, carrying, or throwing objects. Workers may push themselves too hard physically and end up getting hurt. Examples of these injuries include:
- Muscle strains
- Chronic back pain
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Other musculoskeletal injuries
Although anyone can suffer overexertion injuries, those who work in fields which require physical labor are most at risk. We frequently see overexertion injuries in the following industries:
Slips, Trips, & Falls
Slips, trips, and falls account for 3 out of the top 10 leading causes of workplace injuries - falls on same level are at #2, falls to lower level rank #4, and slips or trips without falls are at #7. In total, these three categories accounted for nearly 29% of all disabling work injuries in 2013.
Hectic work environments are frequently littered with slip, trip, and fall hazards. These accidents account for 25% of hospital worker injuries. Falls are also the leading cause of death among construction workers, who frequently work from high elevations.
However, slip and fall accidents can happen anywhere and everywhere that a dangerous walking condition exists. Examples include spilled liquids, ice and snow, and poorly lit walking paths and staircases.
Struck By Objects Or Equipment
8.6% of disabling work injuries happen when an employee is struck by an object or piece of equipment. We most often see these accidents in the construction industry when workers are struck by falling tools, debris, or heavy machinery.
Fires And Explosions
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration estimates that workplace fires and explosions account for 200 employee deaths and over 5,000 work injuries each year. Industries which use hazardous chemicals, fire, and explosives in the workplace are at the highest risk. Examples include:
- Oil and gas refineries
- Chemical plants
If you or a family member has been the victim of a catastrophic fire or explosive accident, we believe you deserve full compensation.
Electrocution is the third leading cause of work deaths among construction workers. Specifically, electrical workers, laborers, carpenters, and roofers are at the highest risk of electrocution. Common causes include:
- Contact with electrical wiring and equipment
- Contact with overhead power lines
- Contact with machinery and appliances
If you've lost a loved one due to electrocution, we understand the pain you're going through. While compensation may not bring your loved one back, Workers' Comp death benefits can ensure that you don't struggle financially without your loved one. You may also be eligible for additional compensation via a personal injury claim, depending on the circumstances of the accident.
If you're a construction worker, seeking compensation after being injured in a work accident is different than other industries. Many construction workers are independent contractors who aren't covered under Workers' Comp. These job sites also employ workers from many different sources, so the person who caused your accident may not be a co-worker.
Construction workers are permitted to file personal injury claims when someone other than their employer or co-worker causes an accident. Common examples of construction accidents include:
- Crane accidents
- Ladder accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Illnesses from toxic exposure
- Accidents involving power tools and heavy machinery
How Our Work Injury Lawyers Can Help
At Monheit Law, we understand how a serious work injury can affect your life. As if the physical pain and stress weren't enough, many workers face additional difficulties while attempting to secure the financial compensation they need in order to recover from injuries.
Attempting to navigate the complex Workers' Comp system while injured may seem impossible. That's where the guidance of an experienced work injury lawyer becomes so valuable. While you focus on rehabilitating from an injury, we can assist you with all matters related to your claim:
- Compile all necessary evidence and documents
- File paperwork by deadlines
- Appeal a denied claim
- Represent you in court
- Determine if you qualify for Social Security Disability
- Determine you could file a personal injury claim via third party liability
We know that you may be stressed about finances. That's why we offer free consultations and only require payment if we win for you. Regardless of where you work or how you got injured, we're prepared to represent you and help you earn the compensation you need to move on with your life.