Most workers expect that in exchange for putting in hours of hard work on a daily basis, their employer will take good precautions to provide a safe work environment. Unfortunately, some employers put profits over employee safety. And sometimes other parties put workers at risk on the job. When a workplace has poor safety standards and procedures, faulty equipment, or careless management, injuries are more likely. In 2010, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration reported that 4,690 workers were killed on the job in the United States and 3.1 million were injured. More than half of those injured were hurt seriously enough to require days away from work, a job transfer, or restriction.
Our attorneys are skilled at representing the victims of the seven most common types of workplace injuries:
- Caught in/under/between – a part of the body is squeezed, pinched, or crushed in machinery.
- Falls from elevation – falls from ladders, roofs or other elevated surfaces; falls on dangerous surfaces.
- Falls at same level – slips, trips and falls on flat surfaces
- Struck by/against – impacting a part of the body against something or hit by a moving or flying objects, or by noise (noise impacts the ear drum).
- Motor vehicle accidents – traffic accidents
- Work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities (knees ankles and feet)
- Musculoskeletal injuries of upper body (neck, back and arms)
Federal and state governments have laws to protect workers and compensate them if an accident occurs. Unfortunately, some employers don’t abide by these rules, putting the health and safety of their staff at risk. When serious workplace injuries occur, negligent employers may be held liable. If the injury is the result of faulty equipment or another defect, a third party may be responsible. The personal injury attorneys at The Corson & Johnson Law Firm are committed to making Oregon’s workplaces safer by aggressively prosecuting negligent employers and holding them accountable to existing laws.
Workplace Injury Investigation
Initial investigations should begin as soon as possible after an injury occurs, beginning when the injured worker is still in the hospital. Looking into the cause of an injury immediately ensures important evidence isn’t lost or destroyed. The liable party may or may not be obvious. In some cases, a third party may have played a major role in the injury and be held liable. The workplace injury attorneys at The Corson & Johnson Law Firm have experience prosecuting third party liability cases in the civil justice system, including those under Oregon’s unique Employer Liability Law.
When injured workers file lawsuits, they pressure workplaces everywhere to abide by the health and safety standards established by state and federal governments. By holding these employers accountable, our attorneys are helping to lower the workplace injury rate and save lives.
Workplace Injury Case Studies
- Landslide From Negligent Logging: Wrongful Deaths and Catastrophic Injuries
- Wood Products Mill Explosion: Death
- Chemical Exposure: Blindness In One Eye
- Power Line Contact: Electric Burn Injuries