Workplace Accident Injury
Workers on industrial and construction sites are in considerable risk every single day of work. Even though there are many state and federal regulations designed to protect them, many employees are injured or killed in work-related accidents in the United States each year. Many jobs in construction involve potentially dangerous duties that can lead to a serious injury or a fatality. Even though many programs are designed to help prevent injuries, construction accidents still occur on an alarmingly regular basis.
When workplace negligence results in serious injury or death, Ammons Law Firm workplace accident injury attorneys can help. Our workplace negligence attorneys have years of experience representing workers injured as a result of falls from work areas, industrial equipment failure, plant explosions, and other tragedies arising in or around construction sites.
At The Ammons Law Firm, our years of experience representing individuals hurt because of workplace negligence means we know exactly how to properly prepare your case. Our workplace negligence attorneys work with our investigators and the latest technology to recreate accident scenerios to prove liability in court. Here is an example of some of our animation recreation.
Each Ammons Law Firm workplace accident injury attorney also works with clients who have cases involving injuries on jack-ups, dredge vessels, semi-submersibles, lay barges, drill ships, tugs/pushboats, crewboats, research vessels, diving vessels and other floating/movable work structures. Cases involving workers who suffer injuries that occur on offshore oil rigs and ships due to the negligence of others are governed by Admiralty law. Admiralty law, which involves cases brought under the Jones Act and the High Seas Act, is a highly complex and sophisticated area of the law. Our workplace negligence lawyers have the knowledge and capability to handle Admiralty law and other types of workplace negligence cases.
Our skilled and experienced workplace negligence attorneys have the resources and knowledge to properly investigate the responsible party for negligence or misconduct in a job site accident. Each workplace negligence attorney works with medical experts and life care planners to accurately determine the extent of injury and present a sound case for full and fair compensation
The fallout from workplace negligence doesn’t end at the hospital. Often victims and their families suffer needlessly from continuing medical problems, inability to find work and financial hardships. Ammons Law Firm workplace accident injury attorneys help workers and their families with personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits get results that bring their families relief.
Workplace Accident Injury Case Results
Some 5,214 U.S. workers died as a result of occupational hazards in 2008, according to federal statistics. That was down from 5,657 a year earlier – in part due to the slower economy, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis – and the lowest since the BLS began recording a fatality census in in 1992. Interestingly, though, workplace suicides – 263 for the year – were the highest on record.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics site offers national and state-by-state data up through 2008. The statistics are sliced into a number of different permutations including industry type, worker classification, etc. and are divided into fatal and non-fatal incidents.
Not surprisingly, high-risk jobs in public safety and construction have a high fatality rate, and across all occupations, a large percentage of deaths are transportation-related. In 2008, for example, 982 motor vehicle operators died.
But there are some surprises in the national numbers – who would’ve thought that floral designers, public service announcers and book-keepers were at risk of dying on the job. But several did, in 2008.
As to on-the-job injuries, the BLS says there were nearly 3.7 million in 2008, and about a third were serious enough to cause missed work. Here’s a look at the incidence rate by industry; – aside from public safety personnel, health care workers have quite a high injury rate.
High-risk fields like agriculture, motor-vehicle manufacturing (including RVs, trailers and mobile homes) and tourism-related injuries also see a lot of workplace injuries. Problems range from skin diseases to poisoning to assaults to ergonomics issues.
This state-by-state resource and reports database from the BLS will help to guide you to your area’s data collectors as well as state-specific reports in the BLS site.
And of course, the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration is the clearinghouse for worker safety information; they publish weekly fatality and catastrophe reports which will offers information on specific incidents in your area, complete with the names and addresses of the companies involved. The report for May 1, for example, tells about a Minnesota supermarket worker who died of an infection, an Arizona worker who got trapped in a freight elevator gate and a Nebraska worker engulfed in grain while working on a conveyor belt.
Among the many publications of interest on the OSHA site is searchable accident investigation database.
Other sources of information, ‘real people,’ and data would include labor unions, attorneys specializing in workers compensation cases and trade groups for facilities managers. Professional journals and industry magazines like EHS Today.
With U.S. workers putting in hundreds of millions of hours each day, the laws of probability favor some mishaps and accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured at the workplace due to the negligence of others, call or click here to contact the workplace accident injury attorneys at The Ammons Law Firm today for a free consultation.
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