The Five Most Dangerous Jobs in the United States

Workers across America face dangers every day while on the job. Workers in Las Vegas and the rest of Nevada are no different. For some workers, their danger is dealing with negligent drivers while navigating the road for their work. For others, the use of heavy machinery or equipment puts them at risk of injury. Still other workers face escalated danger because of unsafe work environments. Unfortunately, workplace accidents or illnesses can keep workers from their jobs and leave them with serious and sometimes life-long injuries. Below are five of the most dangerous jobs someone might encounter during his or her lifetime:

  • Roofers: While all construction jobs are dangerous, roofers are at the highest risk of being hurt. This is because roofers work at heights and often on surfaces that are sloped. Often times roofers are not provided with the proper protective equipment or safety gear to protect them from a fall, which can result in serious injury or even death;

  • Garbage collectors: Sanitation workers face danger consistently on the job. Aside from having to cross in and out of traffic - and possibly face impatient or speeding drivers - the trucks they drive could malfunction;

  • Truck and sales drivers: Transportation crashes kill Americans every year and are as much as 40% of all workplace-related deaths. These drivers can come across dangerous or negligent drivers every day, putting them at a higher risk of injury or death;

  • Groundskeepers and maintenance workers: Private and public places across Las Vegas, from casinos to hotel to parks to activity centers, hire workers to maintain the grounds and use various tools to keep them looking good. Dangerous equipment, however, in conjunction with a lack of training can result in serious injury;

  • Security guards/gaming surveillance officers: Every hotel, casino, and nightclub in Las Vegas has security staff who face real dangers when something goes awry at the venue. Whether it is violence or unsafe surroundings, these workers are at risk of injury or death.

Seeking Compensation in Las Vegas

Suffering a personal injury can be devastating and life-changing. Lost wages, piling medical bills, and an uncertain future can all take a physical and mental toll on an injured victim. Dealing with all of this can be even more frustrating when the injury was due to the negligence or recklessness of another. Thankfully, Nevada law allows for personal injury victims to seek monetary damages for harm suffered.

There are two basic types of damages in a personal injury case — economic and non-economic. Economic damages refer to monetary compensation that can be objectively verified in terms of monetary losses. Examples of economic damages include past and future medical expenses, past and future lost wages, loss of use of property, cost of repair or replacement of damaged property, among others. Non-economic damages, on the other hand, refer to monetary compensation for subjective harm that can not be verified in terms of financial loss. Examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, inconvenience, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment of life, and loss of companionship, among others.

Personal Injury Attorneys

Las Vegas workers have rights, particularly when it comes to workplace injuries or death. The experienced personal injury attorneys at Parry & Pfau can help you or someone you know get monetary compensation after suffering an injury in Las Vegas or anywhere else in Nevada. Contact us today to schedule your initial case evaluation.


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