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When to Consider a Work Injury Claim

Submitted by jrlaw on Sep 7th, 2010

There are too many employers that get away with providing unsafe work environments. There are a host of regulations, federal, state and local, that usually apply to any employer’s worksite. These regulations are designed to keep workers safe and to make sure that preventable injuries are avoided as much as possible. If you’ve been hurt on the job and it was a result of the conditions that you were required to work under, there may be an opportunity to file a lawsuit against the employer responsible for maintaining those conditions.

A personal injury attorney will be able to handle these claims, in most cases. No matter what job you happen to work, you do have a right to expect that your employer takes your safety into consideration. This means providing surfaces that aren’t trip hazards, providing adequate fall protection when workers are required to ascend to heights and providing approved personal protective equipment when dangerous materials need to be handled. No matter how much you make or how high up on the ladder you are relative to other employees, you do deserve to be provided with adequate protection against any work-related hazards you face.

There are other types of work injuries that occur in situations that are not normally thought of as hazardous. For instance, data entry clerks may be expected to work for very long stretches at repetitive jobs. This can cause several different types of injuries, from carpal tunnel to tendonitis to back injuries from improper seating areas. Your employer is responsible for these workplace issues, as well, and if you’ve been pushed to the point where you were injured, you may want to consider filing a claim to seek compensation for your injuries.

Not every claim against an employer will result in a jury award or a settlement. However, a good personal injury lawyer will be able to determine whether or not your case is worth pursuing. In some cases, this consultation will be free, so there’s no reason not to meet with an attorney to discover what options you may have available to you. If they believe your claim may win, they may offer to take your case under an arrangement where they get paid only if they win compensation for you. These arrangements mean that there’s no reason not to consider pursuing your case as far as necessary.