Workplace accidents are usually preventable. The majority of them are not caused intentionally, but rather, by careless mistakes made by other workers or supervisors. The workers' compensation attorneys at Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP Attorneys At Law have seen the devastating consequences of careless mistakes made in the workplace.
We have had clients who have sustained:
- Serious traumatic brain injuries
- Bone fractures
- Spinal injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Damage to internal organs
- Long-term disabilities stemming from an injury
Common mistakes made in the workplace
Some of the most common causes of workplace accidents that are linked to careless mistakes include:
- Failing to secure ladders and scaffolds: When ladders and scaffolds aren't properly secured, stable and sturdy, workers are at risk of falling from heights. In construction alone, falls accounted for more than 33 percent of all construction deaths. Falls often happen in other industries, as well.
- Failing to keep walking areas clear of clutter: Workplace accidents often occur when walking areas are cluttered with inventory, loose wires, equipment and items that should be thrown away. Slip, trip, and fall accidents are most commonly linked to poorly maintained walking areas, especially after liquid spills.
- Failing to secure equipment that is no longer in use: Many workplace injuries occur when equipment and machinery isn't properly turned off or locked out. Workplace accidents linked to unsecured equipment can lead to severe lacerations, amputations, crushed limbs, burns and electrocutions.
- Workplace stress and fatigue: Some workplaces can get hectic, leading workers to overexert themselves. When workers are stressed or fatigued, they are more likely to bypass critical safety guidelines and make errors that can lead to a serious injury. In addition, workers who overexert themselves are at risk of developing injuries linked to repetitive stress.
- Unsecured hazardous chemicals: It's absolutely critical that chemicals are properly secured and sealed when not being accessed. Exposure to certain hazardous chemicals can lead to burns and sometimes lung problems. In other cases, they can lead to fires.
- Transportation incidents: Transportation incidents can happen in warehouses, on loading docs or at roadside worksites. They can involve cars, trucks, forklifts, pallet jacks and trailers.
What are my options if I was hurt at work?
Whether your workplace injury was the result of a careless mistake you or someone else made, you may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. That's because workers' compensation is a no-fault system in New York.
Getting workers' compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses and lost wages isn't easy, however. It's important that you speak to an experienced attorney who can help guide you through the complex process, ensure that all paperwork is properly filled out, and prepare your case for trial.
Contact Pasternack Tilker Ziegler Walsh Stanton & Romano LLP Attorneys At Law to get started on your claim. We serve clients across NYC and New York State.