While most workers are cautious and follow safety guidelines on the job, accidents unfortunately can and do happen frequently. Workplace accidents tend to be most common in blue collar occupations such as factory or construction jobs, but it is also common to be injured on the job as a security guard, restaurant server or cook, orderly at a nursing home or hospital, or nurse, among others. Injuries can even arise working a typical white collar office job.
A workplace injury can lead to medical bills, lost wages, and an overall decrease in quality of life. This is why it's important to call a worker's compensation attorney as soon as you can after being injured at work.
Insurance companies will always try to get you to settle for the minimum amount of compensation possible, if they decide to compensate you at all. A worker's comp attorney will help you fight the insurance company and get you the compensation you need and deserve.
The lawyers at the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC have the experience necessary to help you obtain the best possible outcome in your workers comp case. Call us at 770-999-9015 for a free case evaluation.
Here are some of the most common workplace injuries.
Slip, Trip, and Falls
Slips, trips, and falls are very common in retail and restaurants, where floors are often slippery or have other hazards such as dropped items just waiting for someone to trip. In addition, if your job requires you to be outside in all weather, it's very likely that you'll slip on rainy or icy surfaces.
Slips and falls often result only in mild bruising and perhaps embarrassment, but in some cases they may result in a sprain, fracture, or concussion. If this happens to you, you may be entitled to worker's compensation benefits.
Accidents Involving Heavy Machinery
Most common in factory jobs and construction, machinery accidents happen when a worker is injured due to insufficient safety standards, malfunctioning equipment, or other incidents involving dangerous machines. When work involves potentially dangerous machinery, workers should always be given thorough safety training and machines should be kept in good working condition.
Machinery accidents can cause severe, traumatic injury such as crushing, burning, or even severing of limbs. These accidents can affect a person's ability to work for the rest of their life, and can incur heavy medical costs. Getting the most out of your worker's compensation benefits is of the utmost importance if you have been severely injured.
Fall From High Place
A fall from a roof, ladder, stairs, or higher story of a building can cause severe injury including:
Falls often occur when safety standards are lax, and can be caused by:
- Unsecured ladders
- Missing guardrails
- Missing or broken handrails
- Broken or missing floorboards
- Lack of safety harness
- Malfunctioning safety harness
If you have suffered a fall at work, contact a worker's compensation lawyer to ensure that you can obtain the maximum amount of benefits possible to help you recover and to give you a financial cushion if you are unable to return to work.
If a loved one has suffered a fatal injury at work, contact a wrongful death lawyer to obtain justice and compensation for your loss.
Schedule Your Free Worker's Compensation Consultation
If you have been injured in the workplace, don't hesitate to contact the Law Offices of Humberto Izquierdo, Jr., PC at 770-999-9015 today for your free legal evaluation. We are dedicated to helping injured workers obtain the compensation they need for medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering. We serve clients in Marietta, Cumming, and Atlanta, Georgia. Our lawyers and staff are bilingual in Spanish and English.