San Bernardino Job Injury Lawyer
A workplace injury or job injury is an injury or illness that occurs during the course of the worker's job. A workplace injury is one that arises out of and in the course of employment. Employers are required under state and federal law to ensure that workers are provided a safe environment in which to do their jobs.
When workers suffer injuries or illnesses on the job, it affects not only the individual worker, but his or her family, emotionally and financially. The more severe the injury, the longer it takes for the worker to make a complete recovery and rejoin the workforce. This means unpaid household bills, escalating medical expenses and other costs to bear.
If you have been injured on the job, it is important that you contact a San Bernardino job injury lawyer who can help explain your legal rights and options. Bisnar Chase understands how much job-related injuries can affect you, your family, and your future employment, and we will fight to make sure that you are compensated completely for any pain and trouble that you have gone through and may go through in the future. Contact us today by calling our San Bernardino office at 909-253-0750, or filling out our free case evaluation form!
Common Workplace Injuries
- Overexertion injuries: This includes injuries that are caused by pulling, lifting, pushing, holding or other strenuous activities at work. Overexertion has consistently been the number one cause of workplace injuries in the United States.
- Slip-trip-and-fall accidents: This pertains to falls on slippery or wet surfaces as well as tripping over debris in the workspace.
- Fall from heights: This occurs when a worker falls from an elevated area such as roofs, ladders and stairways. Falls may be caused by slip-and-fall accidents or due to faulty equipment. It is critical that workers are provided proper personal fall protection gear.
- Struck-by accidents: Objects that fall from heights or are dropped by another person can cause serious head injuries and other types of trauma. Using protective gear such as hard hats can help minimize these types of serious injuries.
- Fires and explosions: Workers suffer severe burn injuries due to fires or explosions in the workplace. Chemical burns could also result in serious injuries.
- Vehicle accidents: Employees who drive for their jobs are often injured in auto accidents. These could result in catastrophic or fatal injuries. In some cases, workers are run over by vehicles on the job such as forklifts or trucks.
- Accidents involving machinery: This type of injury occurs in factory settings or construction sites where heavy equipment is used. When worker or his or her body part is caught in a piece of machinery, crushing injuries and amputations can occur.
- Repetitive motion injuries: This type of workplace injury is often less obvious is definitely harmful for employees, especially in the long run. Repetitive motions such as typing and using the computer can strain muscles and tendons causing issues such as vision problems, carpal tunnel syndrome and back pain. Proper use of ergonomic equipment can help reduce these types of injuries in the workplace.
- Violence in the workplace: Recent reports of attacks in the workplace due to disgruntled employees or office politics show that these types of incidents can be catastrophic. Workplace violence employee training and vigilance can help keep these types of incidents at bay.
Compensation for Injured Workers
Anyone who has been injured on the job can seek damages by filing workers' compensation benefits. Typically, workers' compensation benefits include medical care, rehabilitation expenses and disability coverage to compensate the worker for lost wages. Dependent family members of workers who are killed on the job might be entitled to death benefits through workers' compensation.
However, in California, workers' compensation benefits are woefully inadequate. Although workers' compensation can provide monetary and medical benefits to injured workers, temporary and permanent disability payments are usually quite low and do not compensate the worker for losses such as pain and suffering. Workers' compensation also does not provide punitive damages to penalize employers for poor safety controls or hazardous conditions in the workplace.
In some cases, in addition to workers' compensation, injured workers or families of deceased workers can file what is known as a "third-party claim" against a party other than the employer who may have caused or contributed to the injury or illness. Here are some examples of situations in which you may be able to file such a third-party claim:
- If you were injured by negligence on the part of a general contractor or sub-contractor, you could file a claim against those parties.
- If you became ill as the result of exposure to a toxic substance, you may be able to bring a toxic tort lawsuit against the manufacturer of that substance.
- If a defective product injured you, you may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the product manufacturer.
- If you suffered an injury due to a dangerous condition on the property, then the property or building owner can be held liable.
- If negligence on the part of a utility company caused a fire, explosion or electrocution, that party can also be held liable.
Contacting an Experienced Lawyer
The experienced San Bernardino job injury lawyers at Bisnar Chase have a long and successful track record of protecting the rights of injured workers and their families. We protect our clients from paying fees or costs if their case is not successful. We provide this guarantee in writing for our clients. Our law firm is unique in that we advance all necessary costs of your case and you will not have to repay those advances if your case is not successful. We also have a 98 percent success rate, of which we are proud. Please contact us at 909-253-0750 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.