WORKPLACE INJURIES

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Workplace injuries happen every day in the West Texas, Midland-Odessa, and Permian Basin.  Fortunately, the first responders are specially trained to help injured workers.  But, the injuries are often painful and can be life-altering.  The help of an attorney based in Midland-Odessa can get assistance to you and your family right away, working to get you the best medical care, documenting your injuries, and securing the accident scene before critical evidence gets "lost."

 

The U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are the leading agencies charged with protecting workers.  Despite the regulations in place, workers continue to be hurt or killed in the workplace.

 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”), 4,836 workers died from a work-related injury in the U.S. in 2015, the highest annual figure since 2008.  Almost 20 percent of workers killed, were employed in the private construction industry.  18-wheeler drivers and others in the transportation industry also have a high fatality incident.

 

Texas may be the most dangerous place to work.  In 2015, according to the BLS, there were 527 workplace fatalities in Texas.  Second place was California at 388.  The most common causes of workplace fatalities are:

  • Falls to a lower level

  • Being hit with an object

  • Exposure to toxic substances

  • Fires and explosions

  • Transportation incidents, especially traffic accidents

Nonfatal injuries happen in every type of workplace.  According to the BLS, there were 2.9 million nonfatal injuries reported in 2015, or approximately three injuries for every 100 full-time employees in the U.S. workforce.  Some of the industries with the highest rates of workplace injuries are:

  • Agriculture

  • Truck drivers

  • Manufacturing

  • Nursing and residential care facilities

  • Police, Fire, and first responders

  • Janitorial

Common workplace injuries include:

  • Burns

  • Electric shocks

  • Broken bones

  • Respiratory conditions

  • Knee and ankle injuries

  • Violence in the workplace

  • Traumatic brain injury

  • Paralysis

  • Eye injury, impairment or blindness

  • Hearing impairment or loss

  • Skin diseases or disorders

  • Respiratory conditions

  • Knee and ankle injuries

  • Neck, shoulder, or back injuries

  • Falls from roofs, ladders, and scaffolds

  • Being hit by falling or flying objects

  • Wounds or amputations from being squeezed, caught, crushed, pinched, or compressed

Workplace injuries aren’t always the fault of the employer.  They can be caused by the negligence of others.  For example, if a subcontractor at a construction or drilling site has an injured worker, it may be possible seek compensation from the property owner, general contractor, or even other subcontractors. 

 

Sometimes, serious medical issues are directly related to improperly serviced equipment, breakdowns of machinery, and mistakes made by co-workers or customers.  It doesn’t have to be a “big” thing that causes the injury.  A workplace injury or death can happen because of a slippery floor or an unstable ladder.  Some other common causes of workplace injuries and death include:

  • Failure to train employees or contract workers properly

  • Failure to provide fall protection for workers on construction site

  • Failure to conduct safety inspections

  • Failure to provide safety goggles and other safety elements

  • Failure to maintain an overall safe working environment

 

Hispanic workers are at higher risk of workplace injuries

Many injured workers who need legal help from work accident lawyers are Hispanic.  In fact, according to the BLS, the troubling truth is that more Hispanic workers are being injured and killed on the job, even though worker deaths overall have actually dropped.  Over a 15-year period, America’s worker deaths declined by about 8 percent.  But over the same period, Hispanic worker deaths increased almost 80 percent.  Many Hispanic deaths and injuries at work are attributable to the fact that some employers fail to train Hispanic workers properly.  This negligence by employers can lead to a favorable settlement for workers in a workplace injury lawsuit.

Have you or a loved one been hurt or, worse, killed at work?

Serious workplace injuries can be life-changing events.  The injury can cost you and your family your normal lifestyle for months, if not forever.  Although workers’ compensation payments can offset some of the lost wages while the employee recovers from an injury, workers’ compensation usually does not even begin to cover the true costs of a workplace accident, especially in the event of tragic injuries or death.

 

In some cases, successful workplace personal injury cases have helped injured or ailing employees recover compensation to help cover a wide spectrum of costs, including payment for past and future medical bills, medical devices, past and future lost income, expenses related to travel for medical purposes, debt or penalties accrued as a result of lost income or missed payments, pain and suffering, and any decrease in quality of life as a result of permanent injuries.

AmblerLaw is ready to fight for you.   We know how to protect workers hurt in the workplace.  Your employer or worksite owner has lots of lawyers and big insurance companies to protect them if you get hurt.  You need someone to protect your and your family’s interests.

 

AmblerLaw knows and understands workplace injuries and deaths.  Rachel Ambler knows how to figure out what went wrong, what experts to call, who's to blame, and how to fight for you. 

 

CALL AMBLERLAW TODAY

Understanding workplace injuries is critical.  Rachel Ambler has been in Midland/Odessa since 2001.  She knows it.  She gets it.  She's been called a "pitbull in the courtroom," because she won't stop fighting for you.  When you've been hurt at work, that's exactly what you want.  Call AmblerLaw today..

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