Working can be hazardous to your health. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 3.1 million nonfatal workplace injuries were reported in the U.S. in 2010. During that same period, 4,547 fatal on-the-job injuries were reported.

Vehicle-related accidents are among the leading causes of workplace injuries, followed by overexertion, slip and falls, being struck by falling or flying objects, repetitive motion, exposure to hazardous materials, and violent assaults by humans or animals. Injuries from defective machinery and equipment are also on that list.

Occupational Hazards

Not surprisingly a significant number of injury accidents take place at construction sites. Falls from ladders and roofs are common among painters, carpenters, and roofers. Workers are struck by falling or flying objects — building materials and tools, for example. Serious injuries also occur when an individual gets caught between, in or under heavy machinery or vehicles, particularly in the case of highway construction workers.

While employees in industries such as construction, oil and mining, agricultural & forestry, heavy manufacturing, and trucking are all at risk for potential on-the-job accidents, office and healthcare workers are just as vulnerable to workplace injury. Occupations that require hours of repetitive motion, sitting in one position, lifting patients, or exposure to toxic chemicals can all result in serious injury or illness with long term consequences.

Compensation for On-the-Job Accidents

Employers in California and around the country have an obligation to keep their workplaces safe and their equipment in good working condition in order to prevent accidents. Not all employers abide by the regulations, however. Some are lax in maintaining workplace safeguards and others sacrifice worker safety for corporate profits.

Employees who are hurt on the job are entitled to compensation for their injuries. If you are injured at work, be sure to provide your employer with a written report of the accident right away and file a Workers Compensation claim as soon as possible.

For a minor injury, Workers Compensation may be adequate to cover the costs associated with medical care and time spent away from work. But if you’ve suffered a serious injury requiring expense medical treatment or time off the job, you have the right to seek additional compensation and recover damages to protect your family’s financial security.

Consult An Experienced Workplace Injury Attorney

Regardless of the potential long-term consequences of your injuries, employers and insurance companies are eager to close the file on your case as quickly as possible. Before you sign anything, however, it’s in your best interest — and well within your rights — to consult a personal injury attorney and discuss your case.

Workplace injury cases are complex and require evidence gathering, witness interviews, timely paperwork filings and follow-up, and often litigation. Redding attorneys at Barr and Mudford have extensive experience in workplace injury law and are highly respected and successful litigators in California courts.

If you’ve been seriously injured on the job, contact us to schedule a free consultation and let’s talk about your case. Call (530) 243-8008 or (800) 528-2020 or send us details by email. We’ll get back to you right away.

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