Safety Equipment Failures
In any industry, safety equipment is the one major line of defense against a multitude of occupational hazards. For construction workers, this can mean protection from head and neck injuries due to falling objects, hearing damage or loss due to repeated exposure to loud running machinery, over-extension/over-exertion from lifting or twisting, eye injuries and/or loss of vision from flying debris, or any other type of construction accident. When this line of defense fails, an impacted worker may be left to struggle with the repercussions of serious safety equipment failure injuries. At one point, the Office of Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) estimated that within the scope of fatal incidents alone, equipment failure was responsible for 17% of worker deaths, and that 33% were attributable to failure to adhere to safe operating procedures (which could include knowingly utilizing faulty safety equipment).
When a worker is injured due to failure of safety equipment, he or she may be out of work for some time, leading to a significant loss of wages that worker's compensation may not be sufficient to cover. He or she may also end up struggling with outrageous medical bills that insurance refuses to cover, like treatment, hospitalization, and/or physical therapy for safety equipment failure-related injures such as:
- Hearing Loss or Permanent Damage
- Eye Injuries and/or Loss of Vision
- …and more.
In cases where safety equipment has failed, it is incredibly important to obtain a thorough, experienced, dedicated lawyer to help you navigate the difficult territory of the legal issues surrounding your injuries. A good attorney is not just a great source of legal information and advice, but is also the ideal professional choice to represent you and/or your loved ones in court, should you be faced with legal resistance from your employer or clinic, or a need for compensation beyond what minimal worker’s compensation benefits can provide. When you’re facing a constant barrage of issues while trying to recover from your safety equipment failure injury, you shouldn’t have to do it alone, without guidance.
If you have suffered an injured due to safety equipment failures, contact the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. immediately at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free consultation to discuss your legal rights.
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