Top 5 Industrial Accidents & Diseases That Are Worth Filing a Lawsuit

Unfortunately workplace injuries are more common than you might think, and many people never hold the company at fault. If you are injured on the job you should always contact an attorney so you get the compensation or medical help you need. We will go over each of the following top 5 industrial accidents and diseases.

  1. Defective Equipment
  2. Harmful Chemicals
  3. Abuse of Power
  4. Lack of Safety Equipment
  5. Slip and Fall

Defective Work Equipment

Defective work equipment can lead to serious injury and even death within the workplace and can be prevented with the proper precautions. According to LegalMatch.com, in 2012 alone there was 25.5 tool related accidents for every 100,000 workers. A large majority of these accidents are on the account of machine error and defective parts. If you’ve found yourself in a situation where you’ve been injured because of defective equipment, you may be entitled to compensation. Not only are you being reimbursed for your injuries, but you’re also shining a light on the safety of individuals in the future. Always file your report with the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration in order to figure out the best way to proceed.

Harmful Chemicals

Being exposed to harmful chemicals can cause a wide variety of diseases. Chemical burns and exposure to asbestos are some of the most common industrial injuries that workers and civilians endure. However, not all chemical-related injuries are acute and happen quickly. Some diseases, such as mesothelioma from exposure to asbestos, can take extended periods of time to show symptoms. This disease in particular has the highest success rate in terms of getting compensation for your health related issues. Always consult with a professional on this matter as these diseases, especially longer term ones, require medical experts to pinpoint the time frame. This could also be associated with malpractice within the workplace that needs to be addressed legally.

Abuse of Power

Another common thread among work-related industrial accidents is an abuse of power. This is generally when the managerial teams abuse the length and conditions their workers are required to perform in. Exhaustion and sleep deprivation are some of the leading causes of accidents on and off the job. If you’ve been injured in correlation with your boss pushing you past your limits and causing you to injure yourself, contact a lawyer. There are regulations set in place an employer must follow to provide workers with a comfortable working environment.

Safety Equipment Not Provided

Safety equipment must be provided in an industrial setting to help protect against injury. When these items are not used or provided, the employer is putting itself at risk. If an employer forces you to work in an environment that isn’t up to legal regulations, you’re entitled to sue outside of the worker’s compensation system. Employers cannot legally ask you to work in an environment that does not meet legal frameworks. On this same note, if an employer injures someone (physically) they may also sue outside of the worker’s compensation system for medical bills and lost pay.

Slip & Fall

Slip and fall accidents are by far the most common accident that happens in an industrial setting. A slip and fall accident can be tricky to file properly and a successful lawsuit brought against the company will need to meet the following requirements in order to hold up in court.

– The spill was created by the company
– The company did nothing to get rid of the spill
– The company must have ignored warnings and have been or should have been aware of the potential problem

When these pretenses are in play you will be able to take your lawsuit to court. Serious injuries have occurred on the lack of keeping a clean environment that’s safe for customers and bystanders. Don’t suffer any more than you have to. Contact a personal injury attorney immediately!