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Workplace injuries and fatalities are all too common in America. In fact, each day in this country, 13 workers go to their jobs and never come home. If you or a loved one has been injured at work, you need to contact the Princeton personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. While you take the time to recover, our legal team will see to it that you are fully compensated for the injury you suffered in the course of your employment. Call (609) 240-0040 today for a free case evaluation.
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The following are the 10 most common causes of workplace injury or death:
- Slipping and falling, or tripping and falling
- Falls from heights
- Reaction injuries, such as slipping, but catching yourself and not falling
- Being hit by falling objects
- Walking into objects
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Becoming entangled in machinery
- Repetitive motion injuries, such carpel tunnel syndrome
- Workplace violence
Other causes of serious workplace injuries include power tool injuries, exposure to toxic chemicals, flying debris, dust inhalation, prolonged exposure to loud noise, fires, and electrocution.
Regardless of which condition causes your injury, negligence is often times to blame.
The workplace can be hazardous in a variety of ways. While there are many serious injuries that can occur on the job, some are more common than others. These include:
- Eye injury/vision loss: On-the-job eye injuries are often the result of long-term exposure to light, coming into contact with dangerous chemicals, falling debris, or trauma to the head or directly to the eye. Eye injuries may lead to partial or total vision loss.
- Ear injury/hearing loss: Occupational hearing loss happens more frequently than many people realize; often, after being exposed to excessive noise levels over a period of time. Hearing loss may be temporary or permanent.
- Head injury: Work-related head injuries can happen because of a fall or being struck by a falling object. This can impact a person’s ability to think or function as he or she once did.
- Burns: Burns sustained in the workplace can be caused by explosions, chemical spills, or fires. Not only are burns extremely painful, but they can also leave you with permanent scars and disfigurement.
Employers have a duty to maintain safe working conditions for all of their employees. When dangerous conditions present themselves, employers have to fix those conditions; or at the very least, warn their employees of the risks involved so that injury is not sustained before the danger can be fixed. If you are working in unsafe conditions, you have rights, even if you signed a waiver with your employer.
It is mandatory for employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance in New Jersey. This ensures that employees are given the necessary care and funding they need to avoid undo financial hardship while out of work, and to pay medical expenses.
The cause of the workplace injury is not important. All that must be demonstrated to have a workers’ compensation case in New Jersey is that the injury took place during the course of employment. Fault is largely irrelevant; though there are cases in which employee negligence does void workers’ compensation, such as being intoxicated while on the job.
If an on-the-job injury does occur, employers must see to it that the injured party is given medical attention. If a company-approved physician deems that the employee cannot perform his or her job on a daily basis, then the company must provide medical care and temporary disability benefits to the employee. TDB benefits in New Jersey typically are 70% of the employee's average weekly wage prior to the compensable injury. Injured workers in New Jersey can also apply to the Division of Workers’ Compensation in Trenton for a lump sum monetary award if the injury is permanent in nature.
In many instances, workers’ compensation benefits will not be sufficient to cover all your present and future losses. In such a case, you’ll need a qualified attorney to file a claim for additional compensation. Your attorney will have to prove the following:
- The employer caused the dangerous condition or failed to maintain the safety of the worksite.
- The employer was aware of the dangerous condition of the worksite, but failed to act accordingly to fix it.
- The employer wasn’t aware of the dangerous condition, but a prudent employer would have been aware of the dangerous condition and fixed it.
An employer won’t be held responsible for an injury to their employee when that injury was caused by the negligence of another party. For example: if a cleaning company didn't put out “wet floor” signs after mopping a floor, and this resulted in an employee slipping and falling, a third-party personal injury claim could be pursued against the cleaning company.
Third-party personal injury claims are especially common on construction sites, because at these locations, there are a number of subcontractors present (such as crane companies, scaffolding companies, etc.). A third-party claim can also be filed against the manufacturer of a product or piece of equipment, if it was defective and caused the worker’s injury.
No one should feel unsafe going to work each day. Unfortunately, on-the-job fatalities happen all too often in a wide range of industries. Although any serious injury has the potential to lead to death, the most common sources of workplace fatalities are:
- Transportation accidents: This typically refers to motor vehicle collisions while on the job.
- Falls: Whether from slipping and falling, or falling from above ground, a powerful blow to the head can prove fatal.
- Contact with equipment or falling objects: Getting struck by a piece of equipment or falling objects can result in significant injuries that a person may not be able to recover from.
For over 25 years, the New Jersey workplace accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. have been helping residents of the Garden State get the compensation they need to rebuild their lives after a workplace injury or death. Call (609) 240-0040 to begin your recovery with a free consultation.
- Workplace Injuries in New Jersey: An Overview
- Rights of Temporary Workers in New Jersey
- Traumatic Occupational Injuries - CDC/NIOSH
- Work Related Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities
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