1. Your first priority is to seek medical care for anyone who might have been injured.
2. Report the accident to the police and make sure a police report is filed.
3. Record the name, address, and telephone number of the other party and all witnesses.
4. Get insurance information such as the insurance agent, policy and insurance company.
5. Take photographs if possible of the location and damaged property.
6. Be careful of what you say. Remember not to provide a statement to anyone until you consult with a lawyer.
7. Seek the advice of an experienced California injury attorney immediately to begin protecting your rights.
According to the Center for Disease Control, thousands of US employees suffer work related injuries annually.
According to official estimates, 200 people are hospitalized, 11,000 require emergency care, and thousands more require medical treatment for work related injuries every year in our busy nation. The 2010 Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index estimates that the total cost of work related injuries approached $53.42 billion in 2008 alone.
Employers have a duty to keep the work environment safe and prevent work related injuries. When an employer fails to accomplish these tasks as a reasonable person would, they can be held liable for work related injuries suffered by their employees and others. If a faulty object or equipment is responsible for a work accident, the makers of that defective product may also be held liable.
While work related injuries are most common in jobs requiring physical labor, even office jobs have their dangers. Construction, mining, railroad work, agriculture, and industrial operations are the most dangerous work environments and pose the biggest risk of work related injuries. The leading causes of fatal work related injuries involve transportation, contact with objects or equipment, and violence. Common work related injuries are also attributable to repetitive stress. These injuries typically develop slowly and are often difficult to recognize until the damage is done. Nevertheless, these work related injuries are often the result of an employer´s negligence or wrongdoing.
Toxic materials such as lead-based paint, asbestos, benzene, pesticides, and several other hazardous substances can cause significant and life-threatening work related injuries. Damage from these toxins can develop quickly or may take years or even decades to be recognized. In some cases, these work related dangers can pose a threat to loved ones at home, as these hazardous substances can be brought home on clothes or other personal items.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency responsible for regulating workplace safety and establishing standards to protect employees from work related injuries. Despite their comprehensive efforts to protect people, violations of OSHA regulations are not uncommon. Many organizations forego employee safety in the name of corporate profit. For example, the dangers associated with several toxic solvents have been know for years, yet companies still choose to expose their workforces to inevitable peril.
Musculoskeletal and spinal injuries are commonly the result of repetitive or even acute stress caused by excessive lifting, awkward postures, use of certain equipment, and other hazardous work factors. Catastrophic injuries and death are most often the result of falls from unsafe heights, being struck by falling or moving equipment or objects, electrocution, and more. Chronic health hazards such as exposure to toxic chemicals and other hazards can lead to organ damage and failure, cancer, birth defects, other serious illnesses, and even death.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious work related injury, you may be eligible to seek compensation for your losses and suffering. While workers compensation claims will typically determine the amount of compensation you can receive following work related injuries, you have the right to be fairly compensated. While it is unfortunate, employers and workers compensation organizations do not always look out for the best interests of those who suffer work related injuries. These groups will often try to downplay the losses and offer the lowest amount possible to cover your damages. For this reason, it is extremely beneficial to seek the help of a qualified and experienced attorney.
Our qualified attorneys at Kuvara Law Firm have years of experience protecting those who have suffered work related injuries. We are able to provide you with a free consultation to allow you to learn more about your legal rights and options. We will carefully review your case to determine liability for your losses. Please contact us today to learn more about what you can recover after work related injuries. Our offices for personal injury are located in San Jose, San Rafael, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Walnut Creek, Pleasanton, Pleasant Hill, Vallejo, Fairfield, Santa Rosa, San Mateo, Redwood City, and Newark.
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