Workplace Accident

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 4,551 fatal and 1,238,490 non-fatal workplace injury and illness cases in the United States in 2009. Employers owe a duty of reasonable care towards employees, contractors and visitors to safeguard them from accidents and injuries. This involves:

  • Providing employees with the required tools and machinery and making sure they are properly maintained
  • Premises should be kept clean and non-hazardous
  • Supplying with a proper place to work and sit/rest
  • Exists should be open at all hours and not blocked
  • Employees should be trained properly especially if the job is physical in nature such as lifting heavy objects so that the risk factor is minimized
  • If required, proper safety gear must be provided such as gas-masks, gloves and glasses so that the risk factor can be minimized.         

The injuries generally encountered at the workplace include but are not limited to:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Back injuries resulting from lifting heavy items
  • Accidents involving machinery (forklift trucks etc.)
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Industrial deafness
  • Accidents due to poor training
  • Diseases due to poor workplace environment

If you have been a victim of workplace injuries because your employer failed to afford a safe environment, then you may be entitled to a work accident compensation claim, irrespective of whether you are a permanent employee or a casual one. The damages usually cover:

  • Medical bills
  • Wage loss
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Potential future medical expenses
  • Damage to property
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

Subsequent to the accident, lies the daunting task of furnishing the necessary documentation to the insurer and to engage in claim-settlement negotiations.

At Gabriel & Associates, we are experts in personal injury suits with deep understanding of the issues involved in workplace accident cases. Our expert lawyers can take care of all legal issues and help you to the path of recovery by getting reimbursed. Call now for a free consultation at (800) 801-7221.

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