Workplace injuries include any injury or illness that occurs during the course of employment. The majority of workplace injuries are directly related to an unsafe work environment, defective equipment, or a workplace contaminated by hazardous chemicals. Jobs which require repetitive motions may also result in employee injury.
According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics survey released at the end of 2013, nearly 3 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2012. This number is equal to 3.4 workplace injuries per every 100 full-time employees.
The top three workplace injuries include:
- Injuries related to pulling, lifting, or carrying;
- Falls on same level surfaces, such as wet or slippery office floors, and
- Falls from an elevated area such as ladders, roofs or stairways.
Both the physical and mental health of employees can be affected by workplace injuries. In some cases, a workplace injury can cause a major disability which significantly affects the worker’s quality-of-life. In extreme cases, death of the worker can occur.
While nobody expects to be injured on the job, more than 30,000 worker’s compensation claims are filed annually in the state of Colorado alone. When you suffer an injury at work and are forced to fight for the benefits you deserve, your family and your future could suffer.
We all want to believe our employer will do whatever is right to help us get through a work-related injury. Unfortunately, many injured workers find the reality is much different. Your employer may do their best to minimize the costs associated with your injury with little thought to your mounting medical bills or lost wages.
Hiring an experienced Colorado worker’s compensation attorney can make all the difference in how your claim proceeds. By retaining a skilled worker’s comp lawyer you are telling your employer you have an advocate in your corner who will fight for your rights under the law.
The Complexities of Colorado Worker’s Compensation Laws
Colorado worker’s comp involves a complex set of statutes, rules and regulations governing which benefits you are entitled to, and how those benefits are paid to you. It is a sure bet that both your employer and the worker’s comp insurance company are well-versed in the complex guidelines associated with workplace injuries, and they will absolutely use this knowledge to their advantage. Particularly when there is a dispute between you and your employer and the insurance company, having a Colorado worker’s compensation attorney by your side can make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
Additional Causes of Workplace Injuries
In addition to the top three causes of workplace injuries (those related to pulling, lifting, holding or carrying, those related to same-surface falls and those related to uneven surface falls) the following injuries are among the most common:
- The employee is struck by a falling object, such as when something falls off a shelf or is dropped by another person;
- The employee is slammed against an object, such as when he or she accidentally runs into fixed objects such as walls, tables, chairs, windows, doors or cabinets.
- The employee is involved in a highway accident while using a company car or truck.
- The employee is caught or trapped in a large piece of machinery.
- Repetitive motions required on the job such as typing, or working on an assembly line can strain muscles, case back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome or vision problems.
Fatalities in the Workplace
Secretary of Labor, Hilda Solis wrote “Every day in America, 12 people go to work and never come home.” This means there are more than 4,000 fatal injuries in the workplace annually. Families who lose loved ones due to workplace injuries can be left emotionally and financially traumatized. Training, diligence and proper safety equipment are crucial in reducing workplace fatalities and injuries.
Contact Denver Worker’s Compensation Lawyer
If you have been injured on the job, or have developed an occupational illness, contact the Law Offices of Robert Paysinger immediately to discuss all of your options. The Denver workers’ compensation attorneys at Paysinger Law not only possess a thorough understanding of the Colorado workers’ compensation statutes, but also know how to work with insurance companies to ensure that you receive a full, fair value after an injury on the job. For more information and a free case evaluation, contact Robert today at (303) 279-0221 or visit us at www.paysingerlaw.com/contact-us
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