According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 11,500 work-related injuries or illnesses occur each day. On average, another 15 workers die each day from traumatic injuries.
The institute estimates that more than three million people suffered workplace injuries and illnesses serious enough to require treatment at hospital emergency room.
Workplace injuries may include:
- Occupational disease such as lung cancer from asbestos exposure
- Occupational injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome from repetitive actions, or back problems due to lifting
- Pre-existing conditions aggravated by work activities
- Immediate injuries sustained from falls, cuts, falling items, etc.
- Injuries sustained while on company time, but not necessarily on company property
- Mental or physical conditions brought on by work-related stress
- Injuries caused through the fault of another not working for your employer (also known as third party liability)
Injuries that occur at the workplace can happen in any industry, from a corporate office to a blue-collar workplace. Duncan Firm workplace injury attorneys investigate these cases thoroughly and look for alternatives to worker's compensation, such as identifying a third party who is at fault.
Do I Need a Lawyer?
The majority of employers are required to have workers’ compensation systems in place to protect workers injured on the job. However, workers’ compensation has its limits and doesn’t always come through when you need it. In cases of severe injury, permanent disability, or disfigurement, this might not be enough to make up for hospital expenses and long-term loss of wages, emotional trauma, or loss of quality of life.
If you have been injured at work, consider hiring an attorney team to inform you of your rights and help you get the money you need for recovery. If a loved one suffered fatal injuries while at work, the surviving family members are entitled to wrongful death benefits.
Premises liability is a term that describes the legal responsibility a property owner and occupiers of a property have for injuries and accidents that occur on their property. Premises liability claims can be filed for a variety of reasons. For example, slip and fall claims are common. In addition claims may be filed for injuries that are result equipment that is used on the property. Injuries may also be the result of another person's actions on the property. This, too, may be the responsibility of a property owner.
Here are some other examples of premises liability:
- Inadequate Maintenance. A land owner fails to maintain the premises in such a way as to avoid injury to the public, such as when a falling tree branch injures a passerby.
- Defective Conditions. A store owner fails to repair or warn of a dangerous condition on the premises, such as a broken staircase.
- Inadequate Security. A company fails to install adequate lighting in parking areas or warn about dangerous criminal activity taking place on the premises.
If you have been injured at work and are wondering how to proceed, please contact Duncan Firm using the form on this page, or by calling 877-638-6226 for a free consultation with one of our workers’ compensation lawyers. We proudly serve Arkansas and the surrounding states.