Employers are required to maintain a safe working environment for their workers. Many industries, such as the construction, manufacturing, restaurant and sports require extra precautions and guidelines due to the nature of the job itself. However, injured workers are often unguided and left to themselves to figure out the claims process while time slips out from underneath them.
An experienced attorney can be of great value to you if you have suffered a broken bone or dislocated joint on the job. Filing workers compensation or with the employers’ insurance company does not have to be as complicated as they might make it seem.
Causes of broken bones
Substandard safety equipment or inadequate maintenance are common reasons why bones fracture at work. The following list provides a few examples of what cause injuries at the workplace:
- Weak or substandard helmets
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Crane collapse
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Slip and fall
- Violence in the workplace
- Substandard cables
- Scaffolding collapse
- Insecure loading/unloading
Although the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has strict guidelines and health safety procedures for employers to follow, often to cut costs, or due to sheer negligence, workers get injured and require expensive treatment and therapy.
Insurance companies seek to quickly settle your claim without taking into account the full amount of the expenses you might incur. An attorney can help you with the timing and structure of your claim, and help you determine future costs and the extent of damage to your livelihood. Protecting your interests should be the number one priority for your attorney, be it a quick claim, or a long litigation process involving court appearances and appeals.
If you or someone you know has been injured on the job, and have suffered broken bones or other damages, you should contact the experienced Philadelphia Broken Bones attorneys of Lowenthal and Abrams to fight for your rights and seek justice.