How Do Injuries at Work Occur?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), every year approximately 5 million workers experience an occupational injury or illness on the job. Over 50 percent of these injuries and illnesses are severe enough to cause the worker to miss work. Although employers may go to great lengths to ensure safety at the workplace, injuries can still occur. If you have been injured on the job, you may be eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation . In some circumstances, you may be able to file a third party injury claim. Third party injury claims are filed when your injuries are caused by a person or company that is not your employer. On the job injuries can be devastating to the employee and their family. If you have been injured at the workplace, you may be entitled to compensation for your losses. Contact an experienced workplace injury attorney to discuss your legal options.
People often think that only blue collar workers are injured one the job, but that is not always the case. Employees of all skill levels can be injured on the job. Here is a list of occupations that often have on the job injuries:
- Nurses, nursing aides, orderlies
- Truck drivers
- Construction workers
- Police officers
- Fire fighters
- Food servers
- Dental hygienists
- Sanitation workers
Common Types of Workplace injuries
Workplace injuries can be caused by: slip and falls, electrocutions, heavy lifting, toppling objects, and faulty equipment. Even doing repetitive movements over a long period of time can cause a worker to be injured. The most common on the job injuries are:
- Sprains and Strains
- Bruises and Contusions
- Cuts and lacerations
- Heat burns
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Chemical burns
- Back and spine injuries
- Brain injuries
Workers sometimes encounter toxic substances and chemicals in their work environment, which can lead to serious illnesses and diseases. Common workplace illnesses are mesothelioma, asbestosis, emphysema and occupational asthma. Workplace illnesses can sometimes be fatal.
Occasionally, workplace injuries can result in death. In 2010, there were 4,547 workplace fatalities. That translates to 87 deaths per week. About one-fifth of all workplace fatalities are in construction. Sadly, the majority of these deaths are preventable. If your loved one has died due to a workplace injury, contact one of our workplace injury lawyers today to discuss your legal options.
Contact a Florida On The Job Injury Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job or has developed an occupational disease, you maybe entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills and lost wages. The attorneys at Gordon & Doner are experienced at handling workplace injury claims. Contact one of our on the job injury attorneys today to discuss your case.