Workplace Accidents Resulting in Personal Injury Are More Common Than You Think
Whether it’s a construction site or an office environment, workplace accidents can happen on any job. Since new regulations regarding workplace injuries were put in place in January 2015, OSHA reports that in the first full year of the reporting program, employers notified OSHA of 10,388 incidents involving severe work-related injuries. Keep in mind that these numbers are only for severe injuries. There are thousands of other, less severe personal injury cases every year.
Austin, like many larger cities in Texas, has a significant amount of construction activity and the construction industry is particularly prone to accidents. According to OSHA, over 21% of worker fatalities were in construction. Not surprisingly, most fatalities in construction are caused by falls, followed by being struck by an object and electrocution. Other common injuries across all industries are back injuries, hearing loss, and others:
- Slips and trips
- Vision loss
- Broken bones
- Cuts and abrasions
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Injuries from heavy equipment
- Work-related vehicle accidents
If you are injured on your job in Austin, your workplace accident must be reported to OSHA. Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe work environment, and you have rights when it comes to a personal injury at work. If you get hurt at work, it’s important to note with as much detail as possible what caused the accident. The circumstances of an accident help your personal injury lawyer determine factors like negligence, human error, etc.
If you are injured at work, you deserve to be compensated. From worker’s compensation insurance to medical expenses, there are laws that protect your well-being and quality of life. An attorney experienced with work-related accidents can help you sort out all the details and make sure you don’t suffer because of lost wages and accident-related expenses. Getting hurt on the job is bad enough, make sure you don’t suffer more than you have to by calling Briggle & Polan, PLLC - Contact us today and arrange a free consultation!