Florida Work Injury Lawyer
Types of Work Injuries
There is no doubt that some jobs carry more risk for hazards than others.
It stands to reason that an office worker probably does not face the same risks as a welder, or someone who works with heavy machinery, asbestos, or toxic fumes.
The truth is that an accident can occur in almost any type of job. For example, a grocery clerk can injure his or her back while lifting a heavy box; a teacher could be hit by a school bus in the school's parking lot; even a clerk can be hurt when driving his employer's car to deliver a package.
Workers' Compensation laws were enacted a century ago after trade union fought to protect workers and provide a safety net for those injured in the emerging industries that carried inherent dangers.
Today, a railroad worker can be hurt by a locomotive when the engineer when he does not exercise proper caution. A seaman, fisherman, shipping or dock laborer has a right to compensation when injured on the job.
The brakes in automobiles have been known to contain asbestos as did the construction industry until the early 1980, injuring workers who breathed in asbestos fibers that attached to the throat lining causing malignant mesothelioma. Employers who continue to use asbestos need to be held accountable for the harm they have caused unknowing employees. Besides the construction and automotive industries, high-risk industries include railroad, ship building, electricians, roofers and miners. Every year up to 10,000 patients die from asbestos-related disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Silica inhalation from the glass industry, sand blasting or mining may not show up until a decade or longer after exposure. If your employer has not taken the adequate and mandated safety precautions, it may be held financially responsible if you develop silicosis from inhaling silica dust.
The welding industry is known to emit harmful manganese, a toxic substance that can cause Parkinson's disease and paralysis, brain damage, and poisoning.
Regardless of how an accident occurs, serious injuries can cause the victim to temporarily or permanently lose the ability to perform his or her job. Medical care and rehabilitation are often expensive and often workers are denied benefits. Sometimes that happens more than once.
If that has happened to you, you would be well-advised to contact the Florida Workers' Compensation injury attorneys at Farah & Farah who will help you and your family cut through the red tape and receive the money you deserve after an on-the-job injury. Our consultations are always complimentary.