New York City Work Injury Lawyers
What Types of Accidents Lead to Workplace Injury?
Many workplace injuries are transportation-related, meaning that someone is injured while traveling for work. In fact, over 1,700 people die from occupational transportation accidents, nearly 40 percent of all workplace fatalities. It’s no surprise that workers who spend a large portion of their time on the road as part of their job, such as truck drivers, might suffer serious injuries in vehicle crashes. Slips, falls and trips are one of the leading causes of workplace injuries and deaths. They are especially common in industries like construction where people work from great heights, often on roofs, ladders or scaffolding. When a worker falls from a greater height, they are more likely to suffer disabling and fatal injuries. Overexertion is listed by the National Safety Council as being the leading cause of all workplace injuries resulting in days missed. These injuries can be suffered from repetitive actions that lead to serious long-term conditions, such as lingering back injuries or carpal tunnel syndrome. They can also be the result of one single incident, which could occur from lifting or lowering a heavy object. Equipment-related accidents are also one of the most common causes of workplace injuries. Being struck by or against an object or being caught in or between objects or equipment can have very serious consequences for a worker. These accidents typically occur when a worker operates or works near heavy machinery. Workplace injuries can also be the result of many other types of incidents, some of which can be a single event or prolonged exposure to certain actions or chemicals. Other types of workplace accidents include:
Hazards in The Workplace
The Most Serious Workplace Injuries and Illnesses
The accident types listed above can have several consequences for a worker. Workers may suffer one devastating injury or a combination of several injuries from a single workplace accident. Any injury can have long-lasting consequences, but some of the most notorious injuries include:
- Brain injuries
- Neck sprains
- Spinal cord injuries
- Multiple fractures
- Internal injuries
- Amputation or loss of limbs
- Illness from long-term exposure to dangerous chemicals or toxins
- Wrongful death.
These injuries are often compounded by the fact that an injured worker faces expensive medical bills and lost income, making recovery even more difficult. A worker might also lose the ability to work at their full capacity, which could significantly reduce their lifetime earnings.
Getting Compensation for a Workplace Injury
The good news for workers is that most employers have workers’ compensation insurance. This means that a worker can receive benefits after a workplace injury regardless of who was at fault. However, some workers might find the extent and costs of their injury disputed by employers or insurers. Additionally, certain types of workers might not be covered by workers’ compensation at all, leaving them to deal with the consequences of a workplace injury without any financial assistance. When a worker gets less than they deserve for an on-the-job injury, they should explore all their legal options. This could mean seeking greater payments from an insurer or, if a worker isn’t covered by workers’ compensation, filing a personal injury claim against the responsible party. Workers are guaranteed the right to a safe workplace. Serious injuries are often the result of a person’s or business’s negligence, which means that somebody can be held accountable for the costs of that injury. Workers can file claims to receive compensation for pain, suffering, lost income, lost work capacity, medical bills and any other damages they might encounter because of their injury.
Suffered a Workplace Injury in New York? Our Work Injury Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one has suffered an on-the-job injury, you have the right to pursue the compensation you deserve. At Kaplan Lawyers PC, we are proud to help injured workers across New York and fight to get them their owed payment. We will investigate your case to determine who is fault so they can be held accountable for your damages. Our work injury attorneys have handled many of these cases and we know the tactics used by employers and insurers to minimize their payments to workers. We stand up for our clients to ensure they are treated fairly. To learn more about how we can help you, contact Kaplan Lawyers PC to schedule a free consultation. Contact Kaplan Lawyers PC by filling out our online form or calling us at any of our office locations: (212) 563-1900 (NYC) (516) 399-2364 (Nassau County) (347) 758-9011 (Brooklyn) (631) 619-5309 (Suffolk County) (917) 382-9212 (Queens)
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