We work to live; we don’t work to be injured and die. But it happens. People get up in the morning to go to work and leave the job with their bodies aching and shattered . . . or worse. A Texas work injury lawyer at Samples Ames PLLC is trained in this area of the law and can help you if you are one of the millions of Americans who suffer from a work-related injury. Whether you are living in Dallas, Fort Worth, or anywhere in Texas, call us today to discuss your case.
When the worst happens and you’ve been injured, or a much-loved member of your family has been killed on the job, you need to know where to turn for help. Having the right lawyer can make a great difference in the outcome of your work-related injury case.
How Pervasive Are Workplace Injuries? The Surprising Statistics
If you and your family are among those whose job has impacted their life and health, you are not alone. The Economic Policy Institute published an article recently stating that:
- On the average, 23,000 on-the-job injuries and 5000 fatalities happen in the U.S. on a daily basis.
- This comes to roughly 8.5 million injuries a year at a cost of $192 billion dollars to individuals, families, companies, and the economy as a whole.
In addition to these injuries and fatalities, hundreds of thousands of workers come down with job-related illnesses that cause time lost from work and result in more than 53,000 deaths per year.
Unsafe Working Conditions That Cause Accidents, Fatalities, and Injuries
The types of potential hazards in the workplace are countless. They may include situational work factors including dangers posed by human error and lack of attention to safety, environmental factors, and ergonomics.
Examples of Workplace Hazards
Unsafe conditions on the premises including:
- Wet or slippery floors
- Poorly maintained or improperly secured equipment or machinery
- Poor lighting conditions
- Obstacles or debris where workers walk
- Blocked exits
- Extension cords across walkways
- Objects falling from above
Negligent workplace safety practices often include:
- Lack of appropriate safety gear (hard hats, harnesses, safety masks, etc.)
- Unsecured chemicals and toxic substances
- Requiring the use of equipment and tools that have been changed from their original condition
- Requiring workers to use equipment for other than what it was intended for
Injury and disease caused by exposure to environmental hazards, for example:
- Loud noises
- Extreme temperatures
- Dust particles
- Toxic chemicals or materials
People who do sedentary work may seem to have safe jobs, but they can also suffer work-related injuries:
- Repeated stress injuries
- Muscle strains, especially to the neck and back, from sitting at stations with poor ergonomics
Construction Site Accidents
Nearly six million Americans were employed in the construction industry as of March 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Construction is among the most dangerous of all occupations, reporting an average of 150,000 accidents, 1000 fatalities, and innumerable injuries to workers.
The “Fatal Four”
The most frequent types of construction site accidents often fall into these categories, known as “the fatal four.” These four include:
- Falls, often from scaffolding, staging, ladders, roofs, or structural steel;
- Caught-in/between accidents, such as being caught in machinery, crushed between objects or, or crushed by a hydraulic bed;
- Struck by accidents, caused by a falling object, a moving vehicle, or a piece of construction equipment;
- Electrocutions, caused by contact with live power lines or exposed wires, by using defective tools or electrical equipment, or by improperly used extension cords, and so forth.
If you are a construction worker injured on the job, your attorney will perform an investigation to determine if the dangerous condition that caused the accident was fully or partially the result of the negligence of someone other than your employer—a third party, such as owner of the premises, an architect or engineer, a vendor, a subcontractor, a visitor to the site, or the manufacturer of a defective piece of equipment or tool. If so, you could potentially have a cause of action against that party.
Workplace injuries are often extremely complicated. For many injured workers, the damage to their quality of life is considerably worse than the damage to their finances. A lifetime of pain, suffering, and disability is a high price to pay, and you deserve to be compensated. This means you need the best lawyer you can find to advocate on your behalf.