Workplace accidents take place every day all across San Diego. Despite the fact that workers deserve a safe space to work in, employers still regularly fail at properly providing safe working environments for their employees at all times and it is the employees who end up falling victim.
If you have been the victim of a workplace accident, it is highly recommended that you consult with a workplace accident attorney as soon as possible. You may be eligible for significant compensation for the damages you suffered, but you will likely need professional consultation and will likely need to move quickly.
There are many issues which can cause a workplace accident and many businesses fail to address them and it ultimately leads to accidents.
Some common causes of workplace accidents include:
- Equipment which has not been maintained which fails.
- Obstructed walkways or exits
- Walkways which have not been properly maintenanced by janitorial staff, a slippery floor for example
- Failure to comply with workplace standards, limits and restrictions
- Worker safety violations
- Negligence of fellow employees
- Improper signage in the workplace or a lack of proper signage
These are just a few of the ways workplace accidents can happen. There are many more and it is important for you to document what exactly led to your workplace accident if you plan on taking legal action.
In the same way workplace accidents can happen for a wide variety of reasons, injuries from workplace accidents can take a wide variety of forms. A workplace injury can be something as simple as a sprained wrist, but also something like a severe head injury. Either way, any and all injuries suffered in the workplace should be taken very seriously and could be grounds for a lawsuit.
Some examples of an injury from a workplace accident include:
- Broken bones
- Cuts and abrasions
- Head trauma
- Sprained joints
- Skin or eye damage from chemical exposure
It is very important you document your injuries and any medical bills which arise from these injuries as much as possible. This will be crucial to your case should you choose to pursue one.
The compensation for damages you could receive will vary on the amount of fault on the employer you can prove and the severity of the damages you suffered. Some of the things compensation can be recovered from include medical bills, lost wages due to injury, and pain and suffering. Because of these very serious damages, compensation in workplace accidents can reach very large amounts of the victim has a solid case and great representation.
It will be on you to prove that your employer and the workplace they provided were the cause of your injuries and damages. If you hire a workplace accident attorney, they will employ a number of proven strategies to prove that this was the case.
One method an attorney will use is eyewitness testimony. If you have co-workers who saw your accident who can attest to how it was the fault of your employer’s workplace environment, an attorney will call upon these co-workers to testify on your behalf. Convincing testimony from a co-worker can go a long way in helping you win your case.
Another person an attorney may call upon to testify may be a doctor or medical professional. An attorney may call upon a doctor to detail your injuries and explain how they are the result of the working conditions which caused them.
Also, an attorney may introduce physical evidence to support a case. For example, they may show testing on a piece of equipment involved in the accident which shows the equipment was faulty. Or, order physical tests of the victim’s body to show the amount of damage done. These kinds of physical tests require extensive research and reporting and are maximized when an attorney utilizes their time, resources and expertise.
One last method an attorney might use is utilizing video footage. A large number of workplaces now have cameras installed in them and an attorney can review the footage of your accident and find clips which will show how your employer was at fault. Video evidence has been proven to be a very convincing piece of evidence in the modern court of law.
Also, one important factor to be ready for is working with insurance companies and/or your employer’s legal team. Many times, if an employer knows you have a good case, they may quickly put together a settlement offer which is well below what you might be able to secure should the case go to trial.
An experienced and skilled workplace accident attorney will be able to consult with you to make sure you know all of the right information about any potential offers and to make sure you do not accept any offers which are not fair. An attorney can also handle any and all communication with an insurance company or employer, saving you time and saving you the pain of having to relive your accident and injuries.
An attorney experienced with workplace accidents will also be able to work with your insurance company if you have one to make sure they do not instruct you to do anything you should not do. Overall, an attorney will be able to consult with you and make sure you are making the choice which is right for you every step along the way.
Contact The Law Offices of Ronald B. Laba
The Law Offices of Ronald B. Laba has extensive experience working with victims of workplace accidents and have a proven track record of getting clients the compensation they deserve. Laba has won thousands of cases for his client and has 30 years of experience working with these cases in the San Diego area. If you believe you have been the victim of a workplace accident then please contact us immediately for your free consultation.
When you are ready, please give us a call at 844-439-8969 and we can get your consultation started today. We look forward to working with you.