Representing Injured Workers after On-the-Job Accidents
Anytime you go to work, you could be involved in a job-related accident and suffer serious injuries. In one year, private employers in Georgia reported 78,200 injuries and illnesses stemming from work. If you were one of the thousands of people injured on the job, you should learn about your legal rights and the best course of action to take as soon as possible.
Brauns Law represents the rights of injured workers in and around Gwinnett County. We have seen how work-related injuries can affect your life – physically, mentally, and financially. Injuries can cause financial stress and may even restrict your future opportunities. You need representation you can trust, so please contact our workplace injury attorneys for more information today.
Common Workplace Accidents and Injuries
Each work environment is unique with its own risks of accidents and injuries. While some jobs come with known risks of injury, accidents can happen in even seemingly safe workplaces such as office buildings. The following are some common workplace accidents and injuries:
- Falls – Many jobs require workers to be in high places from which they can fall. Work-related falls can happen from roofs, scaffolding, ladders, cranes, stairs, and more. Falls can result in a wide range of traumatic injuries, including head trauma, brain injury, spinal injury, broken bones, and more.
- Getting hit by an object – Jobs may require a variety of tools and materials that can be moving around a workplace. Someone may drop something from scaffolding or a ladder, a crane may swing materials in the wrong direction, or items may fall off shelves and hit someone. Getting hit by an object can cause head injuries, contusions, lacerations, fractures, and may even cause damage to your eyes or face.
- Power tools – Power tools are essential for numerous jobs and may include electric saws, drills, drivers, nail or screw guns, sanders, grinders, planers, rotary tools, and more. Power tools may malfunction or someone may make an error and the tools can result in punctures, lacerations, amputations, and other severe injuries.
- Heavy machinery – Job sites can utilize many types of heavy machinery, such as cranes, pavers, excavators, bulldozers, dump trucks, forklifts, and demolition equipment, among others. These large machines have many parts that can malfunction or a machine operator can make a mistake and several people can suffer injuries.
- Explosions – If you work in a job that involves explosives, you know there are plenty of ways things can go wrong and accidents can happen. Explosion-related accidents can result in head injuries, shrapnel injuries, burns, amputations, and other catastrophic injuries.
- Electrical accidents – While electricians regularly run the risk of electrical accidents, so do plumbers, contractors, construction crews, and many other professionals. An electrical accident happens when a persona comes in contact with electricity, often due to an unfinished, ungrounded, or faulty electrical system or wiring. These accidents can cause serious burns and internal damage, including to the heart.
- Transportation accidents – If you drive as part of your job, you may be involved in a traffic accident. Whether you are driving a car or truck or working in a road work zone, a crash can cause a wide range of serious injuries. Common traffic-related injuries include fractures, soft tissue injuries, head trauma, neck and back injuries, and more.
- Overuse injuries – Some jobs require workers to engage in the same activities over and over again. Whether you are lifting heavy boxes or typing on a keyboard, you may develop injuries from overuse. Overuse injuries may be the result of a one-time incident (such as lifting something too heavy) or from repetitive movements over time. Common overuse injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis, and lower back injuries.
The above are far from the only types of workplace accidents and injuries that can occur. Some people may be walking into an office kitchen and may slip and fall on a wet floor, causing injuries. Other people may suffer vision or hearing loss from repeated exposure to bright lights or loud noises. Some workers may suffer illnesses due to toxic exposure on the job. No matter what type of workplace injury you sustained, you should discuss your next steps with a law firm that takes on tough work injury cases.
Your Rights After a Job-Related Injury
The good news for injured workers is that you have important legal rights to benefits and compensation. First, you can file a workers’ compensation claim to seek payment for your medical bills, lost income if you had to miss work, and disabilities caused by the injuries. Georgia workers’ compensation laws require employers to carry insurance to provide benefits for injured employees. Unfortunately, the claims process is not always an easy one.
Employers and their insurers regularly work to limit or deny valid workers’ comp claims. They can challenge claims for many reasons, including the following:
- The injured worker did not meet deadlines or file proper procedures for filing a claim
- The injury was not work-related
- The worker had a pre-existing injury
- Not all medical treatment was necessary
- Not all time off work was necessary
An attorney can help ensure that your claims process goes as smoothly as possible and can help appeal any wrongful denials or limitations on your benefits.
In some cases, a workplace injury could also lead to a personal injury lawsuit against a third party. Some parties that may be responsible for your injuries in addition to your employer may include:
- Drivers who cause traffic accidents
- Manufacturers of defective products or machinery
- Independent contractors or employees of other companies working on the job site
Our legal team can help prove when third parties are negligent and should be liable for your injury-related losses.
Contact a Work Injury Attorney in Gwinnett County for Help Today
After a workplace injury, the lawyers at Brauns Law are ready to help. We can handle workers’ compensation claims, personal injury lawsuits, and more, while you focus on your physical recovery from your injuries. Call (404) 418-8244 or contact us online for a free case evaluation today.