Accidents in the workplace commonly occur in Ohio and often result in serious injury or even death. The Brannon Law Firm is dedicated to representing workers who have been injured on the job. Injuries can occur in a variety of work environments including distribution facilities, warehouses, factories, machine shops, construction sites, jobs that require driving equipment and farming accidents. Ohio employees are afforded protection under very specific safety regulations at both State and Federal levels. This includes, but is not limited to, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration Guidelines (OSHA) and the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC). All employers are required to maintain a safe workplace, including work equipment, machinery, cleanliness, training, and safety procedures. Unfortunately, some employers are more concerned with profits than worker safety.
The laws setting forth your rights and obligations after a workplace accident can be complex and confusing. Many times, workplace accidents involve issues of workers compensation and subrogation. However, it is often necessary to look beyond the typical remedies offered by the workers compensation system to obtain recoveries for injured workers. Liability for workplace injuries can often be linked to defective products, subcontractors, third parties, and property owners. These can all potentially provide additional sources of recovery beyond the standard workers compensation system.
Accidents in the workplace can span from trip and falls over loose carpeting to catastrophic crush injuries from heavy machinery. Ohio workers in some industries face risks of serious injury and death every workday. Employees who sustain injuries on the job need to understand as much as possible about these incidents and their rights moving forward. Workers’ compensation is just one of several possible outlets for recover after a workplace injury. The Brannon Law Firm can litigate these cases with support from years of related experience.
Common Causes of Work Injuries
The cause of a workplace injury is the heart of any claim. Identifying the proximate cause of the accident can lead to proving liability for your medical bills, pain and suffering, disability, and other damages. Although a workplace injury can arise from virtually any circumstances, there are common causes that exist in the personal injury realm. As a worker in Ohio, be on the lookout for these frequent causes:
- Negligence is the basis for most workplace accident claims. Negligence is any act or failure to act that goes against accepted industry standards, resulting in harm to another person. Careless employers, coworkers, and third parties can cause workplace accidents by failing to fulfill their duties. For example, an employer could hire an unqualified, untrained driver to save money.
- Poor maintenance. If your workplace doesn’t emphasize proper maintenance, this can result in harmful system breakdowns. Poorly maintained properties can pose hazards such as obstacles in the walkway or inadequate lighting. Badly maintained equipment can lead to malfunctions and breaks at the worst possible times. These incidents could point to employer or property owner liability.
- Vehicle collisions. Motor vehicle accidents are some of the most common circumstances surrounding worker injury and death in the U.S. When operating near or on vehicles at work, pay close attention to your surroundings. Never position yourself between vehicles or between a vehicle and a fixed object. Only those with proper training and certifications should operate workplace vehicles.
- Cutting corners. Several federal and state organizations regulate most industries in Ohio. There are certain things employers must do to ensure the safety of employees including providing safety gear, training programs, and daily procedures. Cutting corners to complete a job faster or for less money can lead to safety code violations and harmful accidents.
- Defective products. Sometimes worker injuries don’t stem from anything within the workplace but rather an issue with the equipment itself. Products that workers handle every day, from chemical substances to tools, can have defects that make them unreasonably dangerous for use. This could come down to manufacturer liability.
There are dozens of reasons workplace accidents happen. These are just five of the most common. If you have reason to suspect that any of the above-mentioned factors played a role in your recent workplace injury, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. These lawsuits can often lead to greater compensation than Ohio Workers’ compensation claims. Speak to our workplace accident attorneys as soon as you can after a work-related injury to learn more.
The Brannon Law Firm is experienced in litigating work place accidents and will investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding your workplace injury to determine who is at fault for your injuries. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured while performing job related duties, our attorneys may be able to help. Call our offices today for a free consultation with an attorney in our office, your home, or a hospital room.