Unsafe conditions in the workplace can cause serious injuries to employees. Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA), employers have a responsibility to provide a safe workplace, free from serious recognized hazards. Employers must comply with the standards, rules, and regulations issued under OSHA. When an employer violates their legal duties and an employee is injured, the employee has the right to recover fair and just compensation.
Causes of Workplace Injuries
Workplace accidents and injuries often involve one or more of the following:
- Ignoring safety rules
- Poorly or inadequately trained workers
- Poor coordination or inadequate communication among co-workers
- Injuries from improperly handled industrial machinery
- Injuries caused by falling objects
- Burns, including electrical burns and welding accidents
- Falls from an unsafe structure, like faulty scaffolding
- The collapse of machinery or a faulty structure
Workplace injuries are often very serious and bring life-changing trauma to the victim and his or her family.
Most Reported Workplace Injuries
The National Safety Council published the Top 10 Preventable Workplace Incidents. This list was compiled from the most reported workers’ compensation injuries as reported by the top insurance companies around the country. The number one reported injuries are overexertion injuries. These type of injuries may be the result of improper employee training, improper use of equipment, or failure to give adequate breaks to rest during jobs that could result in overexertion. $13.6 billion in benefits is paid out annually for workplace overexertion injuries.
Compensation For Your Injuries
If you have been injured in an accident while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation to help you handle the life-altering effects of the injury. Personal injury is a complex area of law. An experienced personal injury attorney can evaluate your case and determine if safety rules or other regulations were violated, thereby causing the accident that injured you.
If you have lost a loved one in a workplace accident, you may have a claim for wrongful death. While no amount of financial compensation can make up for the premature loss of a loved one, financial recovery can help with expenses and ongoing financial losses.
If you were involved in an accident while on the job call our office today (402)558-4900 or fill out this web form to schedule a free consultation. You will speak directly with an attorney at Miller Lathrop. Our attorneys are available to help answer your questions and begin the process of seeking justice in your workplace accident case. Employers who violate safety rules and endanger others should be held accountable for their actions.
Miller Lathrop serves clients throughout Eastern Nebraska and parts of Western Iowa including Douglas County, Sarpy County, Lancaster County, and Pottawattamie County, as well as the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, Bellevue, Papillion, Fremont, Blair, Elkhorn, and Council Bluffs.