The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), under the Department of Labor, ensures that Americans’ workplaces are safe environments. Although reported work-related injuries, industrial accidents, and illnesses have declined by 60% and 40% respectively since OSHA’s founding, even with the government’s oversight, workplace injuries and illnesses affected 2.9 million private sector workers in 2015 (the latest year for which statistics are available). Over half of the cases reported were of a serious nature that involved days away from work, restriction, or job transfer —commonly referred to as DART cases. In 2015, 4,836 workers were killed on the job.
The law states that your employer is responsible for providing you and your coworkers with a safe work environment and that your company must support you when you suffer injuries on your job. However, many people either don’t know their rights, are intimidated by their employer, or don’t want to create waves for fear they will be terminated. You deserve to work in a safe environment, to receive payment for the time it takes for you to recover from an injury you suffer while on the job, and to be assured that your job will still be there when you get better.
In addition to your medical bills and living expenses, if your injuries cause you to miss time and wages, or leave you unable to do a job in your area of expertise, either for a prolonged period of time or permanently, you are not alone. A Lemberg Law attorney will provide you with the counsel and advocacy you need to get the compensation you deserve. Our attorneys are well-versed in the laws imposed by OSHA, and can work to ensure that your rights are respected.
If you’ve been affected by a workplace accident or injury, call Lemberg Law at 475-277-2200 for a free, no-obligation case evaluation. We’re standing by to take your call.