Denver Workplace Accident LawyersLast updated on: July 27, 2022
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Have you been injured in an accident at work? Are you struggling with medical bills due to your injury? The Denver workplace accident lawyers from Zinda Law Group can help you determine your options to recover compensation.
We’ve advocated for many injured workers and have been honored to fight for their rights and guide them through the process of filing workers’ compensation and personal injury claims. If you or a loved one were injured at work, you can speak with a workplace injury lawyer from our firm receive a 100% free consultation by calling (800) 863-5312. Even if your injuries were caused by a third-party, we can help you on the road to recovery.
First steps after a workplace accident
In 2015, the National Council on Compensation Insurance (NCCI) released a study showing that delayed injury reporting can increase compensation claim costs by up to 51%.
Because the costs of waiting to report an injury can be very high, we urge workplace injury victims to act fast after their accident. Of course, the individual circumstances of an accident could cause delays in reporting. However, the following describes some immediate steps that should be taken after a workplace accident:
Assess the Injury and Seek Necessary Medical Care
After an accident, you might not be able to objectively assess the severity of your injuries. Oftentimes, victims experience a rush of adrenaline from the accident, which prevents them from realizing how badly they’ve been hurt. For this reason, it is important that you seek immediate medical attention, especially when considering that some injuries become worse over time due to a lack of treatment. Also, this is an opportunity to document your injuries.
Report the Accident to Your Employer
In the state of Colorado, injured workers have certain reporting responsibilities. For example, an injured worker must let their employer know about the injury within four working days of the injury. As noted, early reporting is associated with reduced compensation claim costs. Therefore, if you have been injured while at work, you should report your injuries immediately; and even if some time has elapsed, report your injuries as soon as possible.
Document the Accident
One of the most helpful pieces of evidence in a workplace accident case is often pictures of the accident scene. Pictures are useful as evidence because they distill the setting of the accident and provide support for allegations pertaining to what or who caused the accident. Sometimes the reason an accident occurred is unclear, and more information might be needed to make a connection between the accident and what caused it.
Fill Out a Workplace Injury Report
After reporting the injury to the attending supervisor, you should fill out an official workplace injury report form. Filling out an official workplace injury form can make or break your claim. If your workplace does not have an injury report form for you, one can be found on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) website. Also, the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) encourages injured workers to report their injuries directly to the Division of Workers’ Compensation.
Contact a Denver Personal Injury Attorney
If your employer is making it difficult to file a workplace injury claim, gives you grief for filing a report, or advises you not to see a doctor, you should call a competent workplace injury lawyer right away. Depending on the nature and the severity of your injuries, your case might require the assistance of an experienced workplace injury lawyer.
A Denver personal injury lawyer from Zinda Law Group can assess the facts of your case and determine the best strategy for pursuing compensation. You can call (800) 863-5312 to have a staff member from Zinda Law Group go over the facts of your case with you.
The most common Workplace accidents
Below are some of the most common workplace accidents as reported by the National Safety Council, OSHA, and U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:
Motor Vehicle Accidents
Driving for work exposes people to careless drivers, bad weather, and defective automobile mechanics. Of course, car and truck accidents happen all the time, but working near moving vehicles exposes workers to a greater risk of injury from collisions. For example, a worker at a construction site might be struck by a tractor, or a worker in a factory or warehouse might run into a forklift.
To prevent motor vehicle accidents, businesses should emphasize safe driving practices, with a focus on defensive driving and a rigorous, enforced ban on texting while driving. But even when policies like this exist, someone other than a coworker, may unexpectedly crash into a work vehicle. If this happened in your case, you might be able to sue the third-party who caused the accident.
Slips and Falls
Most people are unaware of just how frequently slips, trips, and falls result in workplace injuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), slips, trips, and falls account for 27% of all nonfatal occupational injuries. When a slip and fall accident occurs at work, an employee can typically file for workers’ compensation payments. However, an individual who sustains a slip and fall injury away from their place of employment on someone else’s property may file a premises liability claim against the responsible party, such as the property owner who neglected to address a known danger.
Cumulative trauma can be the result of damage from repetitive motions required for work-related tasks. Overtime, small-range microtasks like working on an assembly line, typing, or using a mouse on a computer cause cumulative trauma. Specifically, repetitive motions can harm nerves and result in carpel tunnel syndrome. To avoid these injuries, workers should receive training in suitable ergonomic work techniques, use ergonomic equipment, and be allowed to take frequent breaks.
Falls From Heights
Most worker fatalities in the construction sector are caused by falls from heights. Construction workers run the risk of falling from platforms, stairways, ladders, scaffolding, rooftops, and other raised or elevated surfaces every day. These falls are frequently caused by inadequately constructed structures and improperly used safety equipment.
OSHA mandates fall protection for workers who work at specific heights or above specific categories of hazardous apparatus. Fall-related injuries can also be decreased by employee attentiveness and safety training. Unfortunately, falls from heights continue to be a leading cause of fatal workplace injuries.
Struck by Objects
Being struck by a piece of equipment can injure someone severely, especially if the object fell from a distant height or was hurled. Blunt-force trauma, which includes fractures, injuries to internal organs, injuries to the eyes, wounds, and bruises, can be caused by a falling object. In fact, most workplace head injuries are attributed to falling objects.
By properly stacking or storing items and erecting caution signs in areas where falling debris is expected, employers can help prevent injuries. Plus, workers can improve their individual safety by wearing the proper safety gear, such as hard hats and eye protection.
Wrongful death lawsuits after a workplace fatality
In a news release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Bureau of Labor reported that there were 4,764 fatal work injuries in the United States in 2020. Although this figure marks a 10.7% decrease from the number of deaths in 2019, a worker died every 111 minutes in 2020.
If your loved one passed away while doing employment-related duties, you may be entitled to compensation for their death. The following information details how you might receive compensation if a loved one passed away while employed by a business:
What is a Wrongful Death Claim?
A wrongful death lawsuit is usually filed by the loved ones of the victim. It was developed as a way for the loved ones of a deceased victim to recover for the damages they’ve suffered.
Most Common workplace accident injuries
There is a wide range of injuries that one could suffer because of a workplace accident. According to the National Safety Council, the top-three most common injuries resulting from workplace accidents are:
- Back and neck injuries
- Bone fractures and dislocations
- Concussion and other traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
These injuries can vary in terms of severity, but they may require time away from work during recovery. Because the many workplace accidents may require a medical leave of absence, it is only fair that workers receive compensation for their on-the-job injuries. Unfortunately, some people feel the need to conceal injuries out of fear that they will lose part of their income.
Schedule your free case evaluation with A Zinda Law Group Denver personal injury attorney today
After a workplace accident, you will likely be concerned over the cost of medical care, how to continue to pay your bills, and the time it will take to make a full recovery. In this trying time, the personal injury attorneys from Zinda Law Group can offer you the legal assistance you need.
Our attorneys can start working with you to determine who is responsible for the losses that you’ve suffered. Call (800) 863-5312 to set up a free consultation with a workplace injury lawyer from Zinda Law Group. Our injury attorneys are proud to represent injured workers in Denver and will work hard to settle your claim. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about upfront costs, as we offer a No Win, No Fee Guarantee, which means that you will pay nothing unless we achieve a favorable settlement, judgment, or verdict for your case.
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