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Each year thousands of employees are injured at worksites across the United States. While some industries carry a higher risk than others, a worker can be hurt anywhere at any time due to carelessness or employer negligence. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there is an average of 14 people killed every day on the job. Many workplace accidents and injuries are caused by a failure to adhere to safety standards required by OSHA and other regulatory agencies.

If you are injured in a workplace accident, you need an attorney that will get you the maximum recovery allowed by law. When a workplace is unsafe, or someone is injured because of employer negligence, they deserve compensation for their damages. Frustratingly, most workplace accidents are entirely preventable. Hundreds of lives could be saved every year if employers would follow safety standards and eliminate hazards.

As an employee, you are entitled to work in a safe environment, be provided with adequate training, and work on machines that function correctly. An employer must supply you with safety equipment and must protect you from known hazards. If you were injured at work, contact Ajlouny Injury Law today to speak directly with an attorney. We will fight to protect your rights and recovery. Talk to an attorney today by calling (718) 233-3913 or texting (516) 410-4090. Get free legal advice from a licensed Brooklyn workplace accident lawyer today.

Workplace Accident Statistics

There were 5,250 American workers killed on the job in 2018, as noted by OSHA. Over 20 percent of worker fatalities occurred in the construction industry. Most deaths are caused by Construction's "Fatal Four." The Fatal Four noted by OSHA are:

-Struck by object

The most frequently cited OSHA standards violations include construction industry - fall protection codes, general industry – hazard communication standards, construction industry – general scaffolding requirements, and general industry - respiratory protection. OSHA estimates that over half of the construction worker deaths could be prevented by adhering to the safety guidelines related to the fatal four.

As shown in the most recent data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 73 fatal work injuries in New York City in 2018. The highest number of workplace fatalities occurred in the private construction industry sector.

The National Safety Council estimates that a worker is injured on the job every seven (7) seconds. Workplace injuries can happen in any industry, including "desk jobs," such as professional and business services and educational and health services. Millions of workers receive medical treatment or consultation for their injuries every year. Workplace injuries cost billions of dollars each year in “wage and productivity losses, medical expenses, administrative expenses, motor-vehicle property damage, and employer costs.”

Common Causes of Workplace Accidents

In addition to OSHA’s construction fatal four, other common causes of workplace accidents include:
-Employee fatigue
-Machinery malfunction
-Lack of proper ventilation
-Inadequate safety equipment
-Poor lighting
-Transportation-related accidents
-Fire and explosions
Safety training, checking for hazards, proper ventilation and lighting, and enforcement of safety attire can help prevent workplace accidents. Unfortunately, many employers fail to address even basic health and safety violations resulting in unnecessary injury or death.

As a worker, you have rights and should never have to go to an unsafe worksite. If you have suffered an injury on the job, contact our office today. You will always be put through directly to an attorney. You pay no fees unless we win. Call or text today for a free, confidential consultation.

Types of Workplace Injuries

Workplace injuries can range in severity. Even if you are unsure about the extent of your injuries, you should always be seen by a medical professional and consult an experienced Brooklyn workplace accident lawyer. Common workplace injuries that result in lost days at work include:

-Back injuries
-Spinal cord injuries
-Head and neck trauma
-Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
-Broken bones
-Cuts, lacerations, and punctures
-Lung damage from exposure to harmful substances
-Damage to your ears, eyes, and throat

Under New York Insurance Code Section 5102, you are entitled to recovery beyond basic economic loss if another party causes you serious injuries. Serious or catastrophic injuries can include permanent disabilities, disfigurement, chronic pain, loss of motor skills, or respiratory issues. Any injury or impairment that makes you unable to perform “substantially all of the material acts which constitute such person’s usual and customary daily activities” for at least 90 of the 180 days immediately following the incident meets the threshold for serious injury.

How We Can Help

If you are injured on the job, call us for free legal help. Unlike other law firms, you will always be put through to an attorney. We know what is at stake and will always fight to get you the most substantial recovery in your case. Do not wait until it is too late. Cases are handled on a contingency-fee basis meaning there are no fees unless we win. Our attorneys have recovered millions on behalf of injury victims.

You have the right to a safe work environment. Many workers who are injured on the job feel pressure to settle their cases quickly. Early settlement offers may not cover all of your losses or reflect the true nature of your injuries. If you are seriously injured in a workplace accident, you may be able to recover money for your lost wages, loss of potential earnings, medical expenses, future medical treatments, pain and suffering, and other non-monetary damages. You have the right to "fair and just compensation" and should never have to settle for less than your case is worth.

Contact our office to speak directly to an attorney today by calling (718) 233-3913. Our lawyers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Get free legal advice without any obligation. Call now to get your case started.

workplace Accident FAQs

What if I can’t work after my accident?

If you are injured on the job and unable to work, you are likely entitled to compensation for your lost wages and lost earning potential. Additionally, depending on your claim, you may receive money for your medical expenses, cost of future treatment, rehabilitation or physical therapy, and pain and suffering.

Do I qualify for workers' compensation?

Depending on where you work, you may be able to file a claim for workers' compensation. Our attorneys can assist you in filing your claim and obtaining compensation for your injuries. It is imperative to contact our office as soon as possible to determine your legal options, including pursuing a lawsuit against a negligent employer. It is important to remember that you have rights and should never have to pay out of pocket for someone else's wrongdoing.

In some cases, you may be able to pursue litigation beyond a claim through the workers' compensation system. Our lawyers can assist in determining the best course of action after your accident or injury.

Can I sue my employer if I am injured on the job?

In certain circumstances, your employer may be held liable for any on the job injuries. Even if you were partially at fault for your injuries, you might still be entitled to compensation. You should never accept a settlement without having your case reviewed by an attorney. Employers are required to provide a safe workplace for their employees; when they fail to do so, they may be held accountable for any resulting injuries.

How long do I have to bring a workers’ compensation claim?

Under Section 28 of New York’s Workers’ Compensation law, you must bring a claim within two (2) years of the accident. If the accident resulted in a death, a person must bring a claim within two (2) years of the decedent’s death.

There are, however, exceptions to these statutory limitations. For instance, an employer and insurance carrier can be deemed to have "waived the bar of the statute" if they fail to raise an objection at the first hearing.

Will I have to go to court?

In the majority of workplace accident cases, claims are settled before having to be litigated in court. Our attorneys can provide legal representation at all stages of your claim and conduct an independent investigation to determine the best course of action.

Why do I need an attorney?

A knowledgeable attorney can help you get the most money allowed under New York law for your injuries. Without the help of a lawyer, you may end up settling your case for far less than it is worth.

At Ajlouny Injury Law, we understand that you might be fearful of bringing a claim against your employer. Many workers think they may be subject to retaliation or workplace discrimination if they file a complaint. Our attorneys will always work to protect you from any retaliation. You have the right to speak up and the right to be compensated for your losses. Let us be your voice when you need it most.

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