Dedicated Attorneys Help with Injuries Sustained on the Job
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When you suffer an injury on the job, you could face uncertainties related to your medical bills, rehabilitation costs and how much time you’ll have to miss from work. Although workers’ compensation benefits should cover these costs, injured workers sometimes don’t get what they need from these benefits. During a time like this, it’s important to work with an experienced workplace injury lawyer. At Schlyer & Associates, P.C., our Merrillville attorneys will work hard for you and your loved ones and give you options as you focus on your physical recovery. We have an onsite physician to ensure you are getting proper medical care and help assess the merits of your case.
Injuries commonly sustained at the workplace
Depending on the industry, you may have an elevated risk of sustaining an injury or illness due to job-related hazards. If the injury or medical condition is serious enough that you have to take time off from work, you may need to pursue workers’ compensation benefits to cover your expenses while you’re unable to earn income for yourself and your loved ones.
The most common injuries occurring at workplaces include the following:
- Repetitive motion: These injuries result from performing repetitive tasks, such as typing or loading and unloading trucks. Because the symptoms manifest gradually, it may be difficult to determine the exact cause of the condition.
- Slipping and tripping: Regardless of your industry, you may be at risk for injuries caused by a slip and fall. Employers and employees alike are responsible for following safety guidelines that require spills to be cleaned up quickly and debris to be cleared from walkways.
- Falling objects: When something falls from a shelf, a crane or warehouse it can cause head trauma, broken bones and back injuries. While accidents happen, it is the employer’s responsibility to maintain a safe work environment. This also includes docks or ships.
- Overexertion: If your field of work requires a significant amount of physical activity, you may sustain an overexertion injury. These injuries result from lifting, throwing, carrying, pushing, holding and any other type of ongoing physical exertion.
- Falls from heights: Some people have to work regularly from tall heights using scaffolding. These supports are not always secure, and when a worker falls, it can result in serious injuries and even death.
- Chemical exposure: If you work on a railway or in a factory long-term exposure to chemicals including diesel, can cause lung illness and other dangers.
- Third-party accidents: If you have to drive as part of your job duties and another driver causes an accident in which you are injured, you may pursue compensation from a third party. The same is true for injuries caused by contractors with whom your company works.
In addition to motor vehicle accidents occurring during the course of performing your duties, injuries sustained on the job can be caused by falling from heights, machine entanglement and violent acts.
Construction: A dangerous field
Construction is consistently one of the most dangerous lines of work, and injuries are fairly common. The use of heavy machinery, dangerous tools and large equipment and working from significant heights are factors that contribute to construction injuries. The most common issues are related to falling objects, machine entanglement, falling from heights, slips and trips, and various types of overexertion. Employers have a responsibility to workers (and members of the public who could be exposed to residual dangers) to maintain a safe environment.
Consult with an experienced Lake County personal injury lawyer
Have you been injured on the job? Set up a free initial consultation with a member of our team by calling 219-757-0225 or by contacting us online. You pay no attorney fees unless your claim is successful. The law firm of Schlyer & Associates, P.C. is in Merrillville, close to Interstate 65 and less than an hour from Chicago. Let our onsite medical and legal team work to get you the compensation you deserve.