While it is true that some industries experience more on-the-job injuries than others, it is also true that anyone can suffer a work-related injury or illness. No matter what caused your injury, being hurt on the job can result in time away from work as well as expensive medical treatment. This difficult scenario makes it virtually impossible to support yourself and your loved ones.
Attempting to file a workers’ compensation claim while still recovering from injuries can be stressful. For this reason, hiring a skilled Las Vegas personal injury attorney is the best thing you can do if you or someone you know has experienced an on-the-job injury in Nevada.
By the Numbers
Many may be surprised to learn that several of the most common work-related injuries can happen in any industry and often occur in retail and office settings. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are common causes for approximately 85% of all non-fatal work injuries:
Overexertion: This occurs when a worker pulls, throws, lifts or pushes something, resulting in injury and is commonly seen in jobs that are physically demanding;
Slips, trips, and falls: Often a worker slips on a wet, icy, or uneven floor or on an object on the ground;
Falls to lower levels: Falling off of a ladder, roof, or a flight of stairs can cause major injuries and my happen at any workplace;
Struck by object: Whether an object falls off of a shelf or is dropped by another worker at a higher level, many workers are in danger of being struck by an object at the workplace;
Struck against object: If a worker falls on top of an object, or is physically forced into an object, he or she can sustain injuries such as bruises and scrapes;
Machinery accident: Typically these accidents happen when a large piece of equipment crushes or mutilates a worker and results in devastating and expensive injuries and medical rehabilitation;
Highway accidents: Particularly for truck drivers or other workers who are required to drive as part of their occupation, highway accidents can result in minor or severe injuries depending on the nature of the collision;
Repetitive motion: As hard as a repetitive injury is to pinpoint, it is quite difficult to prove and it resulted from a worker doing the same movement over and over until he or she is hurt; and
Workplace violence: Unfortunately, this can happen anywhere and may result in minor injuries due to a confrontation or even death if a shooting or other extreme violence occurs.
Nevada Personal Injury Attorneys
If you or someone you know has suffered an on-the-job injury, seek medical attention right away. Also, be sure to notify your employer in writing about your injuries. Then, contact the skilled Las Vegas attorneys at Parry & Pfau so we can help guide you through the Nevada workers’ compensation system. We have fought for the rights of the injured across Nevada for years and will do the same for you.
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