Workplace Accidents & Injuries
No doubt, when you get dressed in the morning and commute to your job in Baltimore, another city in Maryland, or Washington, D.C., you fully expect to return home that night as healthy as you went in – a little more fatigued, perhaps, but whole and healthy. Unfortunately, every year millions of workers are injured in their workplaces, thousands of them fatally. According to statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2011 nearly 3 million people were injured on the job and 4,700 died in work-related accidents. In fact, about 12 workplace deaths happen every day.
If you have been injured in a work-related accident, or if you lost a loved one who was fatally injured while on the job, call Steve Heisler, Baltimore work injury lawyer, who handles such claims for clients throughout Maryland and the vicinity.
Where do workplace accidents occur?
Everyone would agree that construction sites and factories can expose workers to numerous hazards. But what about offices, stores, hospitals and highways? In reality, danger lurks around every corner, and when an employer takes a shortcut on training or safety preparations or makes unreasonable demands, those actions can amount to negligence that can entitle the injured worker to seek compensation through the court system.
What are common types of workplace injuries?
Just as there are a wide variety of occupations, the kinds of injuries they can produce are varied, including:
- Burns from fire or chemicals
- Broken bones and burns from explosions
- Amputations from machinery
- Carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive motion
- Cuts and lacerations
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a blow or fall
- Blindness or vision loss from flying particles
- Back injury from heavy lifting
- Neurological impairment from exposure to toxic fumes
- Mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos
- Cancer from fracking chemicals
- Death from breathing carbon monoxide.
In the injuries reported to OSHA for the year 2011, 33 percent were sprains, strains and tears of muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
Can’t an injured worker get Workers’ Comp?
Workers who are injured on the job or who become sick due to workplace conditions are entitled to Workers’ Compensation. It covers medical expenses and some wage loss. The workers’ compensation laws can be pretty confusing; Baltimore work injury lawyer, Steve Heisler, knows the requirements of the system and can help you file a successful claim. In addition, if your accident was due to negligence or recklessness, you may also be able to file a claim against a third party to recover compensation.
What’s a third party?
That would be someone besides the employer who shares the blame for the accident. Some examples are:
- a subcontractor
- the manufacturer of faulty equipment
- materials suppliers.
Call A Local Baltimore Work Injury Lawyer
When you contact Steve Heisler after a workplace injury, he will thoroughly investigate your accident to identify all circumstances and parties that may have contributed to your injury and will make sure you receive full and fair compensation for your injury.
Steven Heisler has devoted 25 years to helping injured people and their families pursue compensation from negligent people and companies who caused them to be injured. He genuinely cares about each and every one of his clients. These are just a couple of the clients who came to Steve after a workplace injury:
- A Baltimore pipe-fitter, who received a $275,000 settlement after his company failed to properly monitor its equipment, causing him to suffer second and third degree scalding burns, skin grafts, and scarring.
- A Baltimore City correctional officer who suffered a serious back injury from a workplace fall and was granted 105% permanent partial disability after initially receiving only 35%.
Call (410) 625-4878 for a free consultation with The Injury Lawyer.
Injured @ Work?
Employers, Businesses and Managers have a responsibility to ensure proper training and as safe a workplace as possible, in accordance with all regulations. Unfortunately, equipment malfunctions, co-worker negligence and bad decisions can place workers at risk. You may be eligible for Workers Compensation, Disability and other resources to assist with medical bills and your financial obligations. We offer free consultations, so why not call us now?