If you or a friend or family member is interested in more information concerning a workplace injury case, contact Horowitz & Logue at (724) 288-9750 in order to talk to one of our experienced and dedicated injury lawyers.
When one thinks of a workplace injury, they often think of dangerous jobs such as construction. While workplace injuries do occur often in these areas, there are also risks of injury in other jobs. This can be anything from an office desk job, to someone who drives a car and is in an accident, to anyone who operates any type of machinery (including fast food workers working in food preparation). Some of these injuries can be extremely serious and, in some cases, even deadly. Many companies try to avoid workman’s compensation because when a claim is filed and especially when it is won by the victim, their insurance payments may go up. For this reason, it is imperative to hire an attorney to help you through the process so that you receive all of the compensation you are eligible for.
There were approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported by private industry employers in 2015 according to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) under the U.S. Department of Labor. In Pennsylvania, the state rate of workplace injury is higher than the national rate. It is important to hold the parties responsible accountable for their actions in these cases to try to lower this number and make sure the victims receive justice.
There are many injuries that can occur in the workplace, but the top ten most common are listed below:
- Falling from a height
- Reaction injury
- Falling objects
- Walking into objects
- Vehicle accidents
- Machine involved accidents
- Repetitive motion injury
- On the job violent acts
These injuries range in severity and can occur at almost any workplace setting. There are also injuries that involve companies not being up to code or violating OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) standards as well. These standards that are most often violated include:
- Fall protection
- Hazard communications
- Scaffolding requirements
- Respiratory protection
- Powered industrial trucks (forklifts)
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
- Electrical work
- Electrical systems and design
When these standards are violated and an employee is injured, they are subject to compensation, possibly past that of workman’s compensation. As stated before, companies often seek to avoid these situations due to an increase in insurance rates. Companies may even often you a “deal” of some sort in order to avoid a lawsuit, but it is important to contact an attorney before accepting these “deals.” Often times these arrangements are much less than what a victim may be entitled to per the law. They also tend to ignore the medical bills you may have to pay due to the injury sustained.
If you or someone you know has been injured at work and would like to find out what you are entitled to, please call Horowitz & Logue at (724) 288-9750 today to schedule a consultation.