Workplace Accident Injury Attorneys
Bisnar Chase catastrophic injury law firm specializes in serious and personal injury cases where people have been hurt "on the clock" in the workplace.
The workplace should be a safe working environment for both employers and employees. Not only is it a case of ethics and morals, but it is also the law above all else.
If you have sustain injury on the job and have reason for believing it was due to the negligence of your employer, you may be entitled to compensation. Call us toll free now at800-561-4887 for immediate legal help and to set up your free, no-obligation consultation.
Workplace Accidents Statistics
There is not a specific list of workplace accidents as any injury sustained at work, on-the-clock can be considered a workplace injury.
For example, construction is one of the largest industries in California and, as a high risk industry, it ranks third in the nation for death-related injuries. For every 100,000 workers in the construction industry, 15 die from on-the-job injuries.
According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the calendar year of 2011/2012, 591,000 employees were estimated to have been injured at work. Out of 114,000 injuries reported to employers by employees, 24,000 were serious or major injuries and 173 employees were fatally injured.
There has been a decline in the number of injuries reported by employers over the past decade. This does not necessarily mean a decline in injuries, but the percentage of job-related injuries reported by workers has decreased.
What Makes a Work Environment Dangerous
There are many work environment factors that can make any place of employment a "death trap." Some of these factors include
- Explosions and fire
- Gas leak or exposure to toxic chemicals
- Harsh cleaning agents/chemicals
- Wet, slippery floors and pavement
- Rusty metal structures
- Old, splintered furniture
- Walls with lead paint
- Obstructed emergency exits
- Frayed cables/live wire
- Dysfunctional equipment/Improperly maintained machines
- Poorly prepared food
- Lack of supervision and/or staff
- Heavy equipment
- Unorganized/poorly maintained injury records
- Failing to comply/post OSHA standards
- Lack of routine safety inspections
Imminent Danger in the Workplace
There are conditions when an employee can legally refuse to work until the workplace is restored to a safe environment again. If "imminent danger" is present in the employee's workplace, the law protects the employee until the employer rectifies the situation.
A few examples of imminent danger in the workplace include:
- A roof that is on the verge of collapsing
- Ungrounded electric equipment
- Fire hazards
Not all safety hazards in the workplace can be classified under "imminent danger." Often, situations that threaten the safety of the workplace can be resolved with these simple steps:
- You can file a written complaint with your team's human resources department. HR will attempt to resolve your conflict with the workplace.
- If HR fails or dismisses your complaint, you can take your grievance to OSHA or a similar government agency.
- You can file a private lawsuit with your employer if the above methods fail you or if you just want to cut pass any bureaucracy. Many employees shy away from this option for fear that they will be mistreat in the future for "biting the hand that feeds them" We at Binar Chase would like to take this moment to remind you that it is absolutely illegal for employers to discriminate this way against their employees. If this does happen down the road, our friendly employment law attorneys can fight for you in court once more and help you recover any losses as well as compensate for your pain and suffering in the workplace.
If you have questions about the safety of your current workplace or if your employer threatens to terminate your employment if you do not work in these conditions, contact our experienced team of workplace injury accident attorneys now. Your safety is our number one concern and you have rights as an employee that should not be disregarded.
When Should I Report a Work Related Injury
Any time you sustain an injury on the job that is directly related to your job duties and functions, you need to immediately be report the injury to your supervisor. Your supervisor is then required to submit the incident to the proper source.
An employer that does not report the work injury can be fined up to $5,000 for the first-time incident and up to $10,000 and up to six months in jail if there is more than one incident that has not been reported.
Do I Need a Lawyer For A Workplace Accident Injury
Despite stringent safety standards and regulations, California workers often face high risks of on-the-job injury every day.
Employers, contractors, and property owners may be held liable for serious injuries or wrongful deaths sustained at a place of work.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a work accident, don't hesitate to call us toll free now for a fast, easy no-obligation review of your case. Call 949-203-3814 now. We will fight for you.