Our country was built from industry, and our industrial workers keep our country running. Being an industrial worker requires a dedicated work ethic and a willingness to take risks, but that doesn’t mean that you should be dismissed if you get injured. Unfortunately, many companies work hard to avoid paying the costs associated with their employees’ onsite injuries.
Industrial workers face some of the riskiest conditions in any American workplace, with serious injuries and fatalities occurring at a higher rate than almost anywhere else. Beyond the common nature of accidents, injuries are more likely to be serious or even catastrophic in industrial environments due to the presence of heavy machinery, power tools, and hazardous environments. This is why it’s all the more important that your employer ensures you are taken care of after an accident.
Understanding Industrial Accidents
Industrial accidents can be the result of a number of factors, including worker error, mechanical failure, and un-maintained premises. Whether the accident was because of your mistake or an error on the behalf of your employer, your employer is responsible for any injuries incurred while working.
Common Types of Industrial Accidents
Industrial accidents are usually due to a mix of factors, rather than one thing alone. A drowsy worker operating a faulty machine. A malfunctioning forklift carrying a load that’s too heavy. Some of the most common types of injuries include:
- Crushing from falling objects
- Crushing from heavy machinery
- Toxic chemical exposure
Causes of Industrial Accidents
- Mechanical failures
- Ladder/scaffolding failures
- Inadequate training
- Improper storage of dangerous items
- Failure to maintain premises and follow safety guidelines
- Not providing adequate safety equipment
Any of these accidents can cause catastrophic damage,ranging from sprained and broken bones to traumatic brain injury and death. The impacts from these injuries go far beyond hospital visits and medical bills, reaching into every aspect of the worker’s life.
Damages Available for Industrial Accidents
When a worker gets injured, they see the damage to their health, their career, their autonomy, and their home life. If you have been injured in an industrial accident and seen these impacts, you could be entitled to compensation covering:
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death
Determining the exact value of the damages you suffered is complicated and requires an understanding of what evidence is necessary and how to negotiate the value of non-material goods, such as time and emotional hardship. Evidence can be in the form of witness and expert testimony, medical records, pay stubs, and accounts from friends and family members, as well as others. Understanding what you need and when is one of the most vital parts of our case, which is why hiring a good personal injury attorney is so vital.
Personal Injury Attorneys Serving Louisiana
Whether you were injured in an industrial accident or a loved one was injured and/or killed, you can receive the help you need to begin your recovery. If you need help with your recovery, contact the attorneys of Parker Layrisson Law Firm, with offices located in Ponchatoula, Hammons, and Slidell, LA, you are guaranteed to have an experienced team of legal professionals by your side and never far from home. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.