All employees have the right to work in an environment where they feel
safe, and where they don’t have to worry about getting injured or
killed in an accident. Employers have a responsibility to keep their offices
and worksites free of hazards that can cause injury or illness, but sometimes
they don’t always follow through.
Workplace accidents occur every day and violate regulations imposed by
the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), which can include
using dangerous equipment, failing to train workers properly, or not following
standard safety protocol. If you or someone you love has been
injured on the job, you may be entitled to seek financial compensation. Our Houston
workplace accident attorneys are available to assess your situation and
determine liability. At
Farah Law, your health is our main priority.
Call us for a free consultation in English or Spanish at
(888) 481-9359, or
contact us online. We also offer same-day appointments because we understand your situation
is dire and requires immediate assistance.
Common Types of Workplace Accidents & Injuries
More than 3 million workers were injured and 4,500 workers died from workplace
accidents in 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While
workplace injuries often occur after a single accident, many can take
years for symptoms to appear as a result of prolonged movements or use.
Workplace accidents can also occur on and off work premises, workers can
be injured while traveling or on the road. And while many associate workplace
accidents with the construction industry, which places its workers at
higher risk of getting injured, they can even happen in everyday offices.
Common accidents that occur on the job include:
Slip and falls: The most common type of workplace accident, slip and falls
can happen on wet or slippery surfaces, such as on pavement during a rainy
day or in the office after someone fails to clean up a liquid spill. Workers
can also fall from working on ladders, scaffolding, and other platforms.
Collisions: Because car crashes are all too common, it’s easy for
workers traveling or commercial truck drivers to get into an accident.
Even forklift trucks can get into accidents on construction sites.
Being hit by falling objects: Though this type of injury is most common
on construction sites, when flying debris or machinery can fall and injure
workers, objects can also fall from shelves or out of cupboards in everyday offices.
Repetitive strain injuries: Workers who perform repetitive physical tasks,
such as heavy lifting, can injure themselves over time and acquire repetitive
strain injuries, or RSIs. Employers can prevent these types of injuries
by providing ergonomic equipment like comfortable desks and chairs or
hand trucks so workers don’t have to strain their bodies.
Workers can also acquire injuries from being electrocuted by hazardous
wiring or burns from workplace fires and explosions. They can also become
affected by diseases from exposure to toxic materials, such as asbestos.
How Our Lawyers Help
Our attorneys are well-versed on state labor laws and OSHA regulations,
which means we can assess your situation and determine who is at fault
for your workplace injuries. Workers have options when it comes to receiving
financial assistance after an accident, such as workers’ compensation
insurance or filing a lawsuit. Our team can help you learn more about
your accident and provide you with options should you choose to move forward.
Over the years, we’ve recovered millions of dollars for injured victims
after they’re acquired medical bills, lost wages or future earning
capacity, property damage, and pain and suffering. We can also help you
cover the costs of funerals and burials if you lost a loved one in a workplace
accident. We’re standing by if you need compassionate care and fierce
advocacy during this dark and vulnerable time. Employers and insurance
companies shouldn’t be let off the hook – they have a responsibility
to keep their environments safe for you.