Work is a part of daily life for many people, and employers owe it to their employees to provide them with a relatively safe working environment, or at least to keep them informed about the hazards they may face at a given work site. However, every day people in all fields of employment experience workplace injuries, and in all too many cases, these injuries are the result of employer negligence. A boss may opt to cut corners in order to keep their bottom line in check—and those cut corners could yield injured employees. Disregarding employee safety in order to save a few pennies is an act of negligence, and any employer whose employee becomes injured due to their negligence can be held liable in court for the damages their negligence caused.
Although some workplaces are inherently riskier than others, such as construction sites or hazardous waste disposal facilities, there is no industry that is 100 percent injury-free. Even people in sedentary office jobs face the possibility of work injuries, whether from slipping and falling on a slippery floor or from repetitive stress from keyboarding and clicking a mouse all day long.
Workplace injuries are all too common. According to a report from the National Safety Council, an employee sustains a workplace injury every 7 seconds in America. More than 30 percent of all work injuries come about due to overexertion, while fall accidents make up another 25 percent. One-quarter of all workplace accidents occur because of contact with equipment such as machinery or other objects.
Overexertion and physical stress
It comes as no surprise that overexertion and physical strain can be injurious, and these injuries commonly occur among warehouse workers and employees in shipping and receiving areas who perform heavy lifting tasks throughout the work day.
Repetitive motion injuries can be insidious, starting as barely noticeable and then worsening to excruciatingly painful over time. These types of injuries are common among people who use computers for most of their work day.
Workplace falls and other catastrophic injuries
Falling from a height, being crushed by a heavy object, or being dismembered by contact with heavy machinery can result in extremely severe injuries. These types of injuries are common among construction workers and factory employees.
If you sustained an on-the-job injury and you need a work injury attorney in Seattle, the expert legal team at Russell & Hill, PLLC can assist you with filing a claim. Whether you were denied workers’ compensation benefits or your employer’s negligence resulted in your injuries, we can assist you with your legal needs. Our attorneys specialize in helping the victims of workplace injury, and we are ready and able to help you too. Our work is conducted on a fee-contingency basis, which means you pay nothing in legal fees until we have won or settled your case. We can help you get the compensation you are entitled to under the law. Contact us today for a free consultation.