Employers are responsible for minimizing the amount of risk each of their employees takes. While there are some professions that have more inherent risks, there are precautions that the employer need to take. Unfortunately, many companies would rather cut corners to save costs, putting their workers in danger.
Here at Brumback & Ottem, we know how important your career is, and how devastating a workplace injury can be. That’s why we hold unscrupulous employers accountable for their failures and make sure workers get the support they need. No employee should fear financial ruin due to their company’s negligence.
What Are Workplace Injuries
A workplace injury can happen to anyone, no matter their role. Whether you work at a construction site, as an agricultural worker, or at a desk all day, you could suffer a life altering injury. Your career could be seriously impacted, as could your professional relationships. Understanding what counts as a workplace injury can help you avoid the financial troubles that come with medical bills, as well as the shortchanging many employers try to pull with their injured employees.
Some professions with a high risk of serious injuries include:
- Agricultural/farm work
- Construction work
- Industrial work
- First response
While workers in these professions understand the risks associated with their work, their employers are not excused from providing the highest standards of safety possible. They can do this by ensuring every employee receives thorough training on every aspect of their position, hazards are clearly marked, and no employee is required to work when they are unable to do so safely. When employers fail to take such measures, they can be found to be liable.
Workplace injuries can range from inconvenient to life-altering to life-ending. Some common injuries include:
- Repetitive stress injuries (i.e carpal tunnel)
- Exposure to toxic materials
- Slip and fall accidents
- Broken/fractured bones
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal injuries
Workplace Injury Claims Don’t End with Workers’ Comp
Workplace injury and workers’ compensation law see a lot of overlap but ultimately have very different goals. Where workers’ comp is designed to make sure you get the financial support your employer is required to give you to help you recover from your injuries, workplace injury claims show that the employer was in the wrong. Workplace injury claims motivate the company to do more and protect all of its employees.
We’ll Fight For You
When it comes to workplace injury lawyers, the team at Brumback & Ottem has a dedication rarely seen in the legal industry. We are proud to stand up for our working class clients, helping to improve safety for the whole community.
If you are wondering if you have a case, don’t hesitate to contact our Yakima, WA office and schedule a consultation. Our team is proud to provide you with information and options regarding your case, all tailored to what works best for you. Let us help you.