Workplace Accidents And What You Can Do
Workplace accidents may be more common than you thought!
Employees have a right to expect that their work environments be safe and free of danger to themselves and their co-workers. They should not have to worry about putting their health and safety in jeopardy while at work. But when businesses fail to abide by safety regulations and cut corners, it may create a dangerous workplace where people are hurt. Employees can be injured by faulty equipment, chemicals or any variety of reasons. Acute trauma at the workplace is a leading cause of death and disability among US workers.
While it is difficult to track, NIOSH estimates that an additional 49.000 deaths each year can be attributed to illnesses that are work related.
These workplace accidents come at a tremendous cost to employers, workers, and tax payers. Employers spent $74 billion in 2009 just on worker’s compensation insurance. In addition, workplace accidents incur other costs such as medical expenses, lost wages, and productivity.
Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970
The primary law protecting workers safety and hopefully reducing workplace accidents is the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act of 1970. This act gives employees the right to:
- Proper training on the hazards of their workplace and how to avoid harm
- Ability to review applicable OSHA standard and laws as well as any documentation of workplace accidents at their job site
- Confidentiality to issue a complaint with OSHA and request an inspection of their workplace without discrimination or retaliation
- Copies of any tests measuring workplace hazards
In addition, employers are obligated by the OSH Act of 1970 to provide employees with a safe workplace and eliminate or minimize any hazards that may cause death or serious physical harm. They must also maintain records of all work-related injuries.
If you were injured while at work, you may be entitled to a monetary settlement that would help you and your family to recover from the effects of your accident.
Our attorneys will evaluate your personal injury case at no cost to you. If we determine you have a workplace accident claim, we will handle your case aggressively, and you pay absolutely nothing unless we win your case. All you need to do is call us now or use the confidential form on this page and a member of our Houston personal injury legal team will contact you.
There may be a time limit to file your financial claim so please contact us now to find out if your injury might be eligible for compensation. Call us immediately – (713) 850-8600.