Most Common Work Accidents in San Antonio
Every morning, thousands of workers all over the city of San Antonio head to their daily jobs. Some will spend hours sitting at a desk inside an office, and some may never set foot inside an office for the entirety of their day, but all risk being injured at work. Construction workers will walk amongst dangerous falling objects and heavy machinery; those in the service industry will carry heavy trays of food across wet and slippery floors.
And just as every workplace holds the opportunity for accident and injury, every employee should have every opportunity for compensation in the event of an accident. To pursue that compensation, injured employees should seek the assistance of a skilled attorney.
Occupational accidents and injuries can seriously affect someone’s ability to resume work or continue leading a normal life; sometimes, an accident can even lead to fatality. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, it is estimated that over 185,000 Texans were harmed in an occupational accident in 2016 alone, and among those, 544 workers died in an occupational accident. A majority (486) of these fatalities occurred within private industry.Identifying the Most Common Workplace Accidents
San Antonians deserve to feel safe in their work environment, regardless of the job’s demands or environment. And in the event of an accident, insurance companies and employers may not always focus on repaying their workers for damages accrued. This is where a lawyer can help delineate the cause of the accident and determine who is ultimately responsible.
While the conditions of some jobs are undeniably more dangerous than others, accidents can happen to anyone at any time during the course of a work shift. Statistically, the most common form of occupational accident is the automobile accident. Many workers drive long distances each and every day while on duty, but car wrecks are just one in a much longer list of possible workplace mishaps. Some of the other most common workplace injury accidents include:
- Slips and falls
- Broken bones
- Muscle strains and tears
- Injury from falling object
- Toxic fumes
- Harmful substance exposure
- Strain from repeated motion
The circumstances surrounding each accident that happens in any given workplace are vastly different according to variables like work environment and industry. Despite the wide range of accidents that can occur, forms of compensation can be classified into three basic categories. There are three fundamental types of damages which a San Antonio workers’ compensation lawyer can help a victim seek out in the aftermath of a work accident:
- Medical compensation, which includes prescription costs and pain and suffering
- Loss of income compensation, long-term care, and disability benefits
- Workers’ death benefits and final expenses
In any accident, pain and suffering may be involved and is another source of compensation. Pain and suffering is a little different than more tangible forms of damages. If your employer does not offer workers’ comp and you are able to prove negligence on their part, you may be able to pursue further compensation with the help of a San Antonio work injury accident attorney.Talk to an Attorney at Carabin Shaw of San Antonio
If you or someone you know in San Antonio has been injured on the job, you probably have questions about what circumstances can be considered a work accident, and how to go about pursuing compensation for your injuries. Fortunately, our lawyers have more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury law, including workplace injury claims for all types of common work accidents in San Antonio.
Call the attorneys from Carabin Shaw today. You can reach us at our San Antonio office at 210.222.2288, or toll free anytime, day or night at 1.800.862.1260. We offer all potential clients a free in-person consultation, which will help make you aware of your best options moving forward. Our team of lawyers want all to help you remain well informed so as to facilitate a successful claim that obtains full compensation.