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According to the Center for Disease Control, thousands of US employees suffer work related injuries annually.
According to official estimates, 200 people are hospitalized, 11,000 require emergency care, and thousands more require medical treatment for work related injuries every year in our busy nation. The 2010 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index estimates that the total cost of work related injuries approached $53.42 billion in 2008 alone and this number is expected to be much greater in 2014. If you are the victim of a work related injury, contact us immediately and talk to one of our experienced work injury lawyers today. Work compensation is not your only option in most cases.
Employers have a duty to keep the work environment safe and prevent work related injuries to an extent that a reasonable person would expect. When they fail to do so, they can be held liable for work related injuries suffered by their employees and others regardless of what occupational field the business operates in. If faulty objects or equipment are responsible for a work accident, the makers of that defective product may also be held liable.
Work related injuries are a valid concern for people in virtually every occupation
While work related injuries are most common in jobs requiring physical labor, even office jobs have their dangers. Construction, mining, railroad work, agriculture, and industrial operations are the most dangerous work environments and pose the biggest risk of work related injuries. The leading causes of fatal work related injuries involve transportation, contact with objects or equipment, and violence. Common work related injuries are also attributable to repetitive stress. These injuries typically develop slowly and are often difficult to recognize until the damage is done. Nevertheless, these work related injuries are often the result of an employer’s negligence or wrongdoing.
Exposure to harmful chemicals or other hazardous materials are another major culprit in work related injuries
Toxic materials such as lead-based paint, asbestos, benzene, pesticides, and several other hazardous substances can cause significant and life-threatening work related injuries. Damage from these toxins can develop quickly or may take years or even decades to be recognized. In some cases, these work related dangers can also pose a threat to loved ones at home, as these hazardous substances can be brought home on clothes or other personal items.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency responsible for regulating workplace safety and establishing standards to protect employees from work related injuries. Despite their comprehensive efforts to protect people, violations of OSHA regulations are not uncommon. Many organizations forgo employee safety in the name of corporate profit. For example, the dangers associated with several toxic solvents have been known for years, yet companies still choose to expose their workforces to inevitable peril.
The types of work related injuries that can develop are innumerable
Musculoskeletal and spinal injuries are commonly the result of repetitive or even acute stress caused by excessive lifting, awkward postures, use of certain equipment, and other hazardous work factors. Catastrophic injuries and death are most often the result of falls from unsafe heights, being struck by falling or moving equipment or objects, electrocution, and more. Chronic health hazards such as exposure to toxic chemicals and other hazards can lead to organ damage and failure, cancer, birth defects, other serious illnesses, and even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious work related injury, you may be eligible to seek monetary compensation for your losses and suffering. While workers compensation claims will typically determine the amount of compensation you can receive following work related injuries, you have the right to be fairly compensated. While it is unfortunate, employers and workers compensation organizations do not always look out for the best interests of those who suffer work related injuries. These groups will often try to downplay the losses and offer the lowest amount possible to cover your damages. For this reason, it is extremely beneficial to seek the help of a qualified and experienced attorney before agreeing to any settlement.
Kuvara Law Firm is your best asset after a serious occupational injury, illness, or death
Our qualified attorneys at Kuvara Law Firm have many years of experience protecting those who have suffered work related injuries. We are able to provide you with a free consultation to allow you to learn more about your legal rights and options. We will carefully review your case to determine liability for your losses. Please contact us today to learn more about what you can recover after a work related injury situation. Our offices for personal injury are located in San Jose, San Rafael, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Pleasant Hill, Vallejo, Fairfield, Santa Rosa, San Mateo, Redwood City, and Newark.