When the idea of a dangerous workplace comes to mind, many think of places such as construction sites, shipyards, and any other labor-intensive job sites with easily recognizable dangers.
While work-related injuries have thankfully been on the decline for over a decade, they are still prevalent in jobs across the nation. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there were 3.1 million on-the-job illnesses and injuries in 2010, or an average of 3.5 incidents for every 100 full-time workers. Among the jobs reported on by OSHA for 2010, manufacturing had the highest average injury rate at 4.4 injured workers for every 100, but even the lowest ranked field, service provision, had an average of 3.4. The causes and severity of the injuries may vary, but no matter what field, the chance of a workplace injury exists.
From offices to construction sites, common dangers for workers in Rhode Island and across the nation include:
- Slip and fall hazards;
- Exposed wiring;
- Hazardous chemicals;
- Falling objects;
- Exposure to toxic materials;
- Vehicle accidents;
- Tool mishaps;
- Burn dangers; and
- Repetitive strain injuries.
Anyone who has been injured while performing their duties at work may be entitled to workers’ compensation, or possibly Temporary Disability Insurance (TDI), to aid in their recovery and pay for the time lost from work. However, even after workers’ compensation runs out, an injured worker may qualify for Social Security disability income, and in some cases, a person collecting workers’ compensation may collect civil damages from a third party whose negligence contributed to the accident and resultant injury.
If you have been seriously injured while working, it is always a good idea to consult an experienced personal injury attorney and a Social Security disability lawyer to determine whether you qualify for additional awards, damages, or disability benefits. Fortunately, our firm can provide you with both. The Rhode Island workplace injury attorneys at Marasco & Nesselbush are here to help you obtain the benefits that you deserve. For a complimentary consultation from our experienced law team, call our offices at (401) 274-7400.