If you have been injured in the workplace, or while performing work duties offsite, you should immediately report the injury to your supervisor, and should ask to complete a written incident report. Be sure to obtain a copy of this report for yourself. You need a professional and experienced attorney like R. E. Lopez & Morales. Then seek medical attention from a Doctor of Chiropractic at any of our All Injury Rehab & Chiropractic locations as soon as possible. When you do so, provide a detailed description of your job and the manner in which you were injured.
Each year across the United States, millions of injuries occur in the workplace. Many thousands of these result in serious injury or even death. Workers are entitled to workers’ compensation to cover their medical bills, as well as a portion of their wages. In some cases, the injured individual may also have grounds to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. Where workplace accidents have, tragically, resulted in death, the family may file a wrongful death claim.
Due to the multiple possibilities and complexities involved in such a case, it is vital that you contact a Plano personal injury lawyer as soon as possible following a workplace injury. Failing to do so may cause you to omit steps and actions which are imperative to ensure you receive full compensation.
Been In jured at Work?
Writing in Reliable Plant magazine, Tom Reddon of the National Forklift Exchange (www.nfe-lifts.com) has identified eight of the most common causes of workplace accidents. A couple of them may surprise you.
- Lifting. Lifting an object that is too heavy can lead to muscle sprain, strain, or tear. Make sure employees know that there’s no harm in asking for help with objects that are difficult to lift alone.
- Fatigue. Failing to take a break, especially to recover from physical labor, can lead to inattention and accidents. Inadequate sleep is also associated with a variety of health concerns including obesity and heart ailments.
- Dehydration. Not drinking enough, especially in hot weather or hot environments, is a serious health risk. The antidote is simple—provide adequate drinking water and encourage employees to partake.
- Poor lighting. Insufficient lighting is responsible for many slip and fall incidents. OSHA requires adequate lighting in all workplaces. Don’t overlook the need in offices, warehouses, and parking garages.
- Hazardous materials. Improper handling of hazardous materials or not wearing personal protective equipment as required is a common cause of illness. Hazard communication is commonly on the OSHA list of top violations.
- Workplace violence. Violence continues to plague workplaces across diverse industries. About 550 people die each year from workplace violence. Last year OSHA published guidelines for violence prevention in social service and healthcare settings. Recently, for example, an argument at a Baltimore Public Works Department facility resulted in a homicide.
- Trips and falls. Slips, trips, and falls continue to be a leading cause of injury. Culprits include slick floors and high-traffic corridors, improper footwear, rushing, and inclement weather. Employers with older workers need to be especially vigilant.
- Stress. Stress has a huge impact on the human body and mind, and also on job performance. Employers can help by offering an employee assistance program, giving employees a say in job design, and offering stress-reduction opportunities like walking, yoga, etc.