Workplace Injury Attorneys in Quincy, MA
Also Serving Clients throughout Norfolk County
There are many different rules and regulations in place to protect employees in various dangerous workplace scenarios. It is the duty of your employer to provide you with a reasonably safe work environment and when this is not the case, you could be injured due to the negligence of your employer. There are also many cases where co-workers will act negligently and cause accidents that can result in serious injuries for other individuals.
Sadly, there are more than 337 million workplace accidents that occur each year, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO). In order for these accidents to be considered work related incidents, the individual who experiences harm must have been hurt during work tasks or while at his or her job. There is a multitude of ways that an employee could become injured while on the job, but it is the responsibility of the employer to make sure that preventable injuries do not occur.
Common Reasons for Workplace Mishaps
Jobs can be full of stress, causing increased fatigue and general unawareness of surroundings. Typically it is the role of the employee to be well-rested and alert while at work to avoid certain calamities from happening. Sometimes a worker's safety cannot be determined by their own actions; however, and it is duty of the employer to make certain that they are not overworking their employees into a state of exhaustion. If a traumatic accident were to occur on a job site due to the employer's lack of responsibility in making sure his or her workers were fit and ready to work, there could be reason for a personal injury claim. There are many outside factors that can also contribute to work accidents.
If there are not certain precautions taken, employees could be harmed by a number of things, including the following:
- Hazardous Substances/Materials - When employees are required to be around materials that are hazardous to the human body, it is essential that they have proper eye wear, gloves and other clothing. If a boss were to ignore certain safety rules or neglect to inform employees of the importance of wearing proper equipment, individuals could suffer from respiratory diseases, infections, and burns causing deformities or loss of limb.
- Slip & Fall - Dangerous walkways, ill-lit hallways, slippery flooring or other obstructions can cause employees to easily slip and fall while on the job. If there is not proper signage to warn them or if the employer has simply let the issue go on too long without mending the problem, he or she could be facing lawsuits. It is their responsibility to keep their property free of preventable harm and blatant issues.
- Falling Objects - Depending on the type of work, employees may be required to work around objects that have the potential of toppling over and injuring someone. For example at a book store, if the book shelves have not been secured properly and it falls over onto a worker, it could crush his or her limbs, fracture bones, cause serious bruising or worse. Additionally, in places like stock rooms where items are stacked fairly high, if they are not stored properly it could result in harmful circumstances for the workers.
What Should You Do After an Accident?
Whether you are injured due to coworker or supervisor's negligence, or your employer's negligence, it is important to know that you have options. One option is to file a workers compensation claim to obtain damages. This is a relatively straightforward process as it involves filing documentation within two days after your injuries and the insurance carrier for the company will investigate the accident, accept or deny your claim and apply the appropriate benefits if accepted. The other option you have is to file a lawsuit against the negligent individual in some cases.
Highly Experienced Legal Aid
At Flanagan & Associates we understand the financial hardships that you may be experiencing due to the injuries you have sustained. You may have extensive medical bills, loss of wages and other financial hardships you may have incurred. Our firm has the skill and the experience that you need on your side. We will be work to provide you with the legal assistance that you will need on your side, as we fight for your rights, your goals and desires if you choose to work with us.
We can also answer your questions, discuss your options with you, and advise you of the best legal action for you to take. Your first consultation is free and we work on a contingency fee basis. This means that if we don't win any compensation for your case, you don't pay a cent!
Contact a Quincy personal injury lawyer from Flanagan & Associates to discuss your injuries and how our firm will be able to help you.
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