A workplace accident can change the life of the employee, their co-workers, and their families forever. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in just one year there were 10,388 incidents involving severe work-related injuries, including more than 7,600 hospitalizations and 2,600 amputations.
The numbers may actually be much higher since OSHA estimates that roughly 50% of all injuries in the 26 states where it collects data aren’t reported.
Types of Workplace Accidents
Workplace accidents may occur both onsite or off the company’s premises. It may also be caused by third parties.
California workers’ compensation offers no-fault benefits. That means that regardless of whether the employer, employee, a co-worker or some other unrelated third party was at-fault, an injured employee can receive these benefits.
Job-related injury claims can occur in an array of locations and for a variety of reasons, for example:
- Construction sites– scaffolding fall, collapsed walls and ceilings
- Factories– repetitive stress injuries, heavy equipment injuries, conveyor belt accidents
- Industrial accidents – chemical burns, fires, explosions
- Vehicles– representing commercial drivers, couriers, fleet drivers
The Rights After a Workplace Accident
Employees who are harmed while on the job are entitled to compensation for their injuries. In California, this is usually done through the workers’ compensation system. It is designed to ensure that workers receive fixed monetary awards for their work-related injuries or illnesses without having to argue their claims in court.
However, these cases can become complicated and sometimes hard to prove.
Obtaining your rightful compensation from your employer’s workers’ comp insurance involves a great deal of red tape. Your claim can even be denied. A skilled workplace accident attorney will have the experience, knowledge, and understanding to obtain fair and just compensation.
If you or a loved one has been injured at their job, you need a qualified workplace accident attorney.
In these types of legal matters, it is important to speak to a lawyer familiar with the very specific worker’s compensation laws in your city.
Attorney Robert Finn serves clients in the communities of Bellflower, Cerritos, Compton, Cypress, Florence, Huntington Beach, Lakewood, Norwalk, Seal Beach, Signal Hill, Torrance, and Wilmington with one-on-one personal attention.
Mr. Finn takes cases on a contingency fee basis. This means you don’t pay any fees for your workplace accident case until your claim is resolved. Call his office in Long Beach at 562-901-3388 today to schedule a free consultation to discuss your issues and put his 40 years of experience to work for you!