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Types of Workplace Accidents in Fort Lauderdale

What types of on-the-job accidents are most common?

Construction site worker in Fort Lauderdale holding his hardhatPeople are injured and killed on the job in a wide variety of different types of accidents, but certain types of workplace accidents are more common than others. In fact, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized a small group of accidents as being especially common, and has termed them the Fatal Four. These four accidents, which include slip and fall, electrocution, being struck by an object, and being caught in or between objects, accounted for nearly three out of five fatal construction accidents in 2011. Construction is listed as being the most dangerous industry in the country, as nearly one out of five people who lost their lives to fatal workplace injuries worked in construction.

Injuries Caused by Workplace Accidents

In addition to fatal workplace accidents, countless people suffer injuries which leave them temporarily or permanently disabled and without a way to support themselves and their families. For example, falling or tripping can result in broken bones, a traumatic brain injury or a paralyzing spinal cord injury. The same is true of motor vehicle accidents which occur in a company owned vehicle. Many of the people who come to our firm for help with a claim for workers' compensation benefits have not been hurt in a single catastrophic accident but instead are suffering from repetitive use injuries such as back injuries resulting from heavy lifting on a daily basis.

Many of the most common types of accidents occurring in the workplace are a direct result of the worker's job duties. For example, the worker may be injured by heavy equipment or machinery that he or she uses on a daily basis, whether the machine malfunctions or if the accident is caused by distraction or mistakes.

Similarly, the worker may be injured or made ill by exposure to toxic chemicals, such as in a spill or release of gasses, or if the exposure occurs gradually over a period of months or years. Fortunately, workers' compensation is a no-fault insurance program, so it is not necessary to prove that another person is responsible for your accident as is the case in a personal injury claim.

Claim Compensation for Your Workplace Accident

Papers in a filing cabinetWhether you have been injured or if your family has lost a loved one in an injury on the job, you can come to Rosenberg & Rosenberg, P.A. for help from our legal team. We have had success in representing clients in legal action over a number of different types of accidents, and we have helped people recover millions of dollars in compensation.

Call (888) 499-6206 for a free consultation or fill out a free case evaluation form.

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