How to Avoid Workplace Accidents and What to do When They Happen

William J. Kropach

Accidents in the workplace are not uncommon. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that there were 2.8 million workplace illnesses and injuries reported in 2017. While most of these are minor incidents, there are plenty of workplace accidents that are serious and require major medical care.

Regardless of whether a workplace incident is minor or major, it should be taken seriously by both you and your employer. At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, we want to help you through a workers compensation claim, especially if there are any hang-ups or claim denials.

When you need a Los Angeles workplace injury attorney, turn to our trusted and knowledgeable team for help.

Prevent by knowing

The most important way for you to stay safe at work is to know how injuries happen so you can prevent them.

Workplace safety experts say that the top ten most serious workplace injuries, ones that cause employees to miss six or more days of work, are:

  1. Overexertion (lifting, pushing, pulling, throwing, etc.)
  2. Falls on the same level
  3. Falls to a lower level
  4. Struck by an object
  5. Other exertions
  6. Roadway incidents
  7. Slip or trip without a fall
  8. Caught in or compressed by equipment
  9. Struck against object
  10. The repetitive motion of microtasks

It is always a good idea to speak to your employer about their preventative measures. Rest assured, they do not want you to get injured either. Each time they report an injury, their premiums go up.

What to do now?

Now that you have looked at some ways to prevent workplace accidents, you need to know what to do if something happens to you.

  1. Report any injury, minor or major, to a supervisor immediately. This is usually required for claims to be accepted
  2. Make sure your workplace is going to report the injury to the state workers compensation insurance board. If they are not, you will need to do this.
  3. Follow up with all required medical appointments relating to the injury. If you do not, they may stop covering your injury claim.
  4. If something goes wrong (claim denial, fired for reporting an injury), seek out qualified legal assistance immediately.

At the Law Offices of Kropach & Kropach, we are ready to step in and fight for your rights. If you are injured at work, your medical costs and lost income should be covered. You need this for financial stability. If a third-party caused your injury, you may even be eligible for more compensation than you are receiving.

For example – if you are on a construction site and your company hires another contractor to perform work on the site and you are injured because of that contractor’s negligence, you may be able to get more compensation. Often, third-party contractors are not held to the same safety standards, which jeopardizes your safety.

When you need a workplace injury lawyer in Los Angeles, you can contact us by clicking here or calling us at 818-609-7005.

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