When you think of injuries in the workplace, your mind probably jumps to certain industries – construction, transportation, manufacturing, and other high-risk jobs. You think of the usual injury causes like falling from scaffolding, vehicle accidents, getting hurt with tools, etc.
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we know that anyone can get hurt at work. Yes, there are some industries that have higher rates of injury and illness, but often it is the simple, overlooked things that cause us harm in the workplace.
When you need work injury attorney in San Diego, you can count on our qualified and experienced team to help you get the compensation you deserve.
What Can Happen
The Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us that there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries or illnesses reported last year. The National Safety Council shows us some of the common workplace injuries that cause people to miss days of work:
- General soreness or pain
- Cuts, lacerations, or punctures
- Sprains, strains, or tears
They also say the top three events that cause injuries are:
- Overexertion (34%)
- Contact with objects and equipment (25%)
- Slips, trips, and falls (25%)
As you can see, workers in any job can sustain injuries. A misplaced box on the floor or an unnoticed spill can send someone tumbling. A lack of ergonomically safe facilities or inadequate safety precautions can mean workers get hurt.
Of course, there are many occupational injuries that are not noticed until much later. Some of those are repetitive stress injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome that develop over time and can happen to anyone who repeats the same motions over and over again.
Is There Retaliation?
There are times when people are afraid to report an injury to their employer out of fear they will be retaliated against. Some employers even actively discourage workers from filing injury claims. Please know that California law prevents this kind of retaliation and behavior. If you experience it, you need to seek an attorney for help.
When you go to work, you should be able to do so knowing that you will be taken care of in case you sustain a workplace injury.
Your Options Now
There are many reasons you may need legal help in the aftermath of a work injury:
- You were denied a workers’ compensation claim
- Your employer was negligent in their duties to keep you safe
- A third-party caused your injury
- You were fired for making a claim
- Other retaliation
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we are ready to step in and help. Our team wants to make sure you get the compensation you need for your injury-related expenses. This means coverage for medical bills, lost income, as well as pain and suffering damages. If you were retaliated against by your employer for making a claim, we will work to secure punitive damages as well.