When you go to work, you should be able to feel safe in the workplace. It is the responsibility of your employers to ensure your relative safety is kept in mind. However, industrial and job-related accidents do happen, and they can be fatal. If someone was liable for such an accident, then they are responsible for the expense and damage caused. OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regularly releases statistics on the number of injuries and fatalities that do happen in work place settings. According to the 2012 data,
- There were 4,383 deaths on the job.
- This averages to 12 deaths a day.
- 775 of the deaths were in the construction industry.
- The most common cause of worker injury and death in construction include: falls, objects, electrocution, and caught in mechanisms.
- There were almost 3 million non-fatal workplace injuries.
- Nearly half of these injuries were serious in nature.
When it comes to accidental injuries and death, workplace cases are second only to auto accidents. These cases are very common and almost always do require litigation. A vast majority of workplace injuries and fatalities happen in construction type jobs, but that’s not the only industry with dangers. Many injuries happen in service jobs and such workplaces as:
- Nursing Care Facilities: 13.1 incidents per 100 workers.
- Manufacturing: 10.9 incidents per 100 workers.
- Iron Work Foundries: 11.3 incidents per 100 workers.
- Skiing Facilities: 11.5 incidents per 100 workers.
- Animal Processing Facilities: 7.8 incidents per 100 workers.
As you can see, workplace injuries, illness, and death can happen almost anywhere, no matter the kind of work you do and no matter the situation. If someone is negligent in some way, the chances of accidents go up extensively as well.
One of the biggest issues with workplace and job-related accidents is that they are often severe in nature. Often, the victim will need extensive medical care and hospitalization. The injuries can be so severe that they lead to life-long disability. Injuries common in the workplace include:
- Bruises and Contusions
- Broken Bones
- Internal Organ Damage
- Brain or Head Injury
- Back and Spinal Injury
- Loss of Limb
These injuries can cost even hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, and more. These injuries result in physical and emotional trauma as well.
There are many different people who could be responsible for industrial and job-related accidents. If you are a victim of this type of accident, then proving liability will be a very important first step in creating an actionable case. Some of the people who could be responsible include:
- Building or Property Owners
- Other Employees
Only an experienced attorney will be able to help you navigate the laws and determine who is responsible for your accident and injury. Finding the right attorney in San Diego is not as simple as looking in the phone book. Not all lawyers have experience with industrial and job-related accidents. Experience and knowledge of the law is extremely important. That means, you must choose your legal representation carefully. If you have been in a suffered injuries at work, the first thing you should do is contact your employer. After that, you should find an experienced industrial and job-related accidents attorney. If you have a case like this, then contact the law office of Thompson | Wedeking. Our attorneys will fight for your rights and have experience and knowledge in workplace accident law. Don’t talk to any insurance agents for the workplace until you have contacted and spoken with an attorney. You can receive a free consultation when you contact us today.