Statistics suggest that 12 people are killed on the job every day in America and more than three million people sustain a workplace injury every year. The injury rate translates to one person hurt every 10 seconds. These accidents can be the result of defective equipment, poor lighting, inadequate safety devices, or overworked staff members.
Industrial workplaces, including factories, warehouses, chemical plants, and refineries, have a higher rate of injury than other workplaces. Common accidents can involve forklifts, falling objects, heavy lifting, and machinery malfunctioning. Other accidents include industrial fires, chemical plant accidents, oil field explosions, toxic exposure, or tunnels caving in during mining excavations. According to the Bureau of Labor, two out of every 1,000 industrial workers will lose their life in a workplace accident.
Sometimes an industrial accident may be caused by another party’s failure to conduct safety inspections, failure to maintain equipment, failure to train employees, failure to provide fall protection, failure to provide safety equipment, and negligent hiring of employees.
In a workers’ compensation case you do not have to prove who is at fault, however, to be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Nonetheless, in some situations, such as in a product liability case, you may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits and sue for damages.
In these types of accidents, the cost of hospitalizations, surgeries, physical and occupational therapy, rehabilitation, and medicines can reach into the thousands. This is why it is imperative you retain the services of a skilled and aggressive Fresno workers’ compensation attorney so you can obtain the covered medical care you deserve.