Birmingham Workplace Accident Attorney
All employees have the right to work in a safe environment. They should not have to be worried about suffering an injury at work. However, workers suffer serious accidents every day. While many of these accidents are caused by their own negligence, in many cases, their employers are at fault. They make employees work in unsafe conditions, violating Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) regulations. If you have been involved in a workplace accident, see how a Birmingham workplace accidents attorney can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Workplace Accidents
While the construction, manufacturing, agriculture, warehousing, and transportation industries have the highest rates of workplace accidents, anyone can suffer an injury at the workplace. Even office workers can be injured. Workplace accidents can also happen offsite, away from the office. An accident can happen in the following ways:
- Slips, trips, and falls. Slippery floors can cause employees to slip and fall. They can also trip when there is too much clutter on the floors. That’s why it’s important to keep areas clear and free from clutter.
- Lifting. Employees can sprain or tear a muscle by lifting objects that are too heavy.
- Poor lighting. When lighting is insufficient, it causes workers to trip over objects or collide with them and suffer serious injuries.
- Hazardous materials. When employees don’t follow safety precautions and wear personal protective equipment when handling hazardous materials, they can suffer chemical burns and other injuries.
- Workplace violence. It’s not uncommon for a disgruntled worker to take their anger out on others. They may use guns and other weapons to release their aggression.
- Stress. Stress can affect a person in many ways. It causes significant health problems and even death. It can also distract a person and cause accidents in the workplace. Therefore, it’s important for workers to get help in alleviating their stress.
- Fatigue. It’s important for workers to rest and take breaks. This helps prevent fatigue and exhaustion, which can lead to accidents.
- Dehydration. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially when working outdoors on hot days. Drink water often to heat stroke and heart conditions. It’s also a good idea to take rest breaks when working outside.
Types of Workplace Injuries
Workers can suffer a variety of injuries from an on-the-job accident, including:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain and head injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Severe burns
- Broken bones
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Strained or sprained muscles
- Occupational diseases such as mesothelioma and cancer
Contact a Birmingham Workplace Injury Attorney Today
Workplace accidents can happen in any environment. While some result in minor injuries, others can be catastrophic in nature and even fatal.
If you have suffered injuries in the workplace, make sure you understand your options. While workers’ compensation benefits are typically available, they may not be your only source of financial recovery. The Birmingham personal injury lawyers at Goldasich, Vick & Fulk can assess your case. Call our office at (205) 731-2566 to schedule a free consultation.