Being injured at work can leave you facing quite a quandary – not only are you likely to be in considerable pain, and worrying about the financial impact of being unable to work as you recover, you may also have some concerns about pursuing compensation from your employers, and the impact that may have on your job. You should know that California law, as applies in Chula Vista and the surrounding areas, prohibits your employer from taking retaliatory action because you have sought the damages you are entitled to following a work injury. As our Chula Vista work injury attorney can confirm during your initial consultation, we have the legal knowledge and expertise required to ensure you receive both the medical treatment and financial settlement you deserve.
What Is a Workplace Injury?
Despite what the name may suggest, the term “workplace injuries” does not only relate to those accidents and other incidents that may occur in the workplace. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has an exhaustive, and lengthy list of what constitutes a workplace injury. In general terms, this includes injuries and illnesses sustained on site, traffic accidents while you are in a work-related vehicle, exposure to toxic or poisonous substances, and conditions caused by repetitive motions or actions. A work injury or illness does not need to be immediately apparent as, for example, if you fall ill at home following exposure to a substance at work, this will still qualify.
Some of the most frequent injuries encountered by our Chula Vista work injury attorneys while working on behalf of clients include:
- Being caught on objects or machinery
- Carpal tunnel
- Construction accidents
- Crushed limbs
- Electrical shock and burns
- Head and brain injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn rotator cuffs
- Vision and hearing loss
Our legal knowledge and expertise means a Chula Vista work injury attorney from Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP could ensure you receive a full and fair settlement for the financial impact of your workplace injury or illness.
Workplace Injury Statistics, Shared by Your Chula Vista Work Injury Attorney
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, almost three million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported in 2015, along with 4,836 fatal incidents. Some of the key facts and figures relating to these statistics include the following:
- California’s work injury rate tends to exceed the national average, and 2015 was no different
- Manufacturing jobs saw the highest number of fatal work injury and illness cases, followed most closely by construction jobs
- Road incidents accounted for 26% of fatal work accidents that year
- 40% of construction industry fatalities were caused by falling
- Those working in healthcare suffered the worst injuries in terms of days away from work
In Chula Vista specifically, the OSHA received reports of two fatal accidents in 2017, caused by a fall from a ladder, and another from a scissor lift.
If you have been injured while carrying out your job, or have lost a loved one in a fatal Chula Vista accident, an attorney from Hiden, Rott & Oertle LLP can help. For your free initial consultation, call us today at 619-630-0205.