If You Were Injured On The Job in Kentucky, You May Be Eligible for Compensation
In 2011, an astounding 2.8 million workers in the private sector were injured on the job in the United States. In addition, over 700,000 workplace injuries also occurred nationally in the public sector. Cumulatively, nearly four million injuries and illnesses are sustained by workers throughout the United States every year, affecting about four percent of the total work force. Sadly, in addition to injuries, there were 4,609 workplace fatalities in 2011, as well.
While no workplace is completely immune to injuries, business owners have a responsibility to provide their employees with a reasonably safe and hazard-free environment. Although some on-the-job accidents are simply unavoidable accidents, while others are the fault of the worker him or herself, many workplace accidents could have and should have been prevented by the employer.
If you were seriously injured or made ill at work or due to your work environment, you may deserve workers’ compensation or compensation from a personal injury claim. Kentucky injury attorney Seth Gladstein can help you better understand which type of claim to file and what information you need to collect in order to win your claim.
To schedule a complimentary case review, call a Louisville personal injury lawyer at the Gladstein Law Firm today at 800-991-0474.
Construction Site Injuries & Fatalities
Certain industries and jobs tend to have much higher rates of injury than others – and one of the most dangerous jobs in the country is working construction. Not only do construction workers spend their day around heavy machinery, unstable structures, falling objects, tools, and toxins, but they also often work at dangerous heights.
Although many construction companies take the safety of their workers extremely seriously, other organizations will put their employees at unnecessary risk, simply to improve their bottom line or to speed up project timelines. The result is seriously injured workers.
The construction industry has a long history of negligence, injured workers, and worker fatalities. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), 19.6 percent of workplace fatalities in 2012 occurred in the construction industry. Four different fatal occurrences are so frequent that OSHA has taken to calling them the “Fatal Four.”
- Falls, which accounted for 278 fatalities, or 36 percent of construction deaths, in 2012.
- Struck by an object, which accounted for 78 fatalities, or 10 percent of construction deaths, in 2012.
- Electrocutions, which accounted for 66 fatalities, or 9 percent of construction deaths, in 2012.
- Caught in between objects, which accounted for 13 fatalities, or 2 percent of construction deaths, in 2012.
In addition, construction workers may also be harmed in a variety of other accidents:
- Brazing accidents
- Welding accidents
- Cutting accidents
- Crane collapses
- Fires and explosions
- Forklift accidents
- Logging accidents
- Scaffolding collapses
- Building collapses
- Defective equipment
- Equipment failure
- Misuse of nail guns
Common injuries sustained in this field include:
- Back & neck injuries
- Fractures and broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Severe burns
- Eye injuries
It is important to understand that the legal aspects of construction accidents and injuries are different than in other work environments and industries. A Kentucky personal injury attorney with specific experience working with construction accidents can help you understand your options for legal action, and guide you toward your best strategies for securing the compensation that you need.
Other Louisville Workplace Accidents & On-The-Job Accidents
While many people are familiar with the dangers of working on a construction site or around heavy machinery, fewer people know that workplace accidents can happen anywhere. In fact, it is extremely common for workers to be injured, even when working sedentary jobs in traditional offices. Some common workplace accidents and health conditions include:
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Overexertion injuries
- Slip and falls
- Walking into objects
- Lifting accidents
- Assaults and violent attacks
- Traffic accidents
- Reaction injuries (catching yourself when falling)
Although these on-the-job accidents may not be as dramatic as an overturned crane or a fall from scaffolding, they can have just as serious consequences: Medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in any workplace, you need to know your rights, both concerning your compensation and your return to the workforce.
Request A Free Case Review Today
Whether you were injured in an office building or on a construction site, Gladstein Law Firm is committed to aggressively pursuing the full amount that you need for financial security in the wake of a Kentucky workplace accident. We take a limited number of clients, because we believe that each of our cases deserve our full attention. Call us today toll free at 800-991-0474 for a free, private consultation or fill out our online contact form. Don’t wait – you and your family have a limited window of time to pursue compensation.
*Each case is different and the past record is no assurance that we will be successful in reaching a favorable result in any future case. Client pays costs only upon recovery.