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The ripple effect of workplace injury

If you experience a workplace injury in Maryland, you and your family could suffer from its effects for years to come. The physical, emotional and financial repercussions could be staggering. Here at Wilson & Parlett, we understand the gravity of workplace injuries, and we seek to ease the burden of the recovery process.

What factors lead to a fall accident at work?

Many workplace injuries in Maryland are the result of slips and falls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 798 workers died from injuries they sustained in job-related fall accidents in 2014. Falls are the most common type of workplace accident. More workers should make themselves aware of the hazards that contribute to them. 

Repetitive stress injury is a common work related injury

Often when people think of an injury that results from repeated use of a body part, they think of medical conditions resulting from sports activities. For instance, overuse of the arm and elbow by an avid tennis player may cause what many refer to as tennis elbow. However, Maryland workers often suffer repetitive stress injuries or conditions that result from simply doing their jobs day after day, for a long period of time. 

Injuries in the workplace are more common than you might think

If you live in Upper Marlboro and have suffered an injury while in the workplace, you know firsthand how greatly it can upend your life. Loss of income, medical bills and lifestyle changes are just some of the problems that you may have encountered. At Wilson & Parlett, we know how important the ability to work and support your family is to you.

Companies under pressure more likely for workplace injuries

Workplace accidents are rather common across a wide-range of industries in Maryland and across the United States. While employer negligence and unsafe work conditions are often the cause of these on-the-job accidents, researchers are evaluating whether there are trends in the prevalence of workplace injuries in companies that are struggling to meet earnings expectations.

The risk of electrocution on the jobsite

Although new safety programs and procedures have been implemented at many construction worksites in Maryland and across the U.S., workers continue to get electrocuted while working on the job. Electrocution is the fourth leading cause of death in the construction industry. Statistics show that over a 12-year period, 1,715 workers were killed as a result of electrocution, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration. While electricians were the most likely to be electrocuted, construction laborers, carpenters, non-electrical supervisors and roofers also lost their lives in these unfortunate accidents.

Occupational respiratory conditions and workers comp

Employers are responsible for ensuring the safety of their workers and their workplace environment. When people work in conditions where they are exposed to toxic fumes, harsh chemicals, dust or other irritants on a regular basis, they may acquire a long-term respiratory disease. At Wilson & Parlett, we understand that living with a respiratory condition can make it difficult for people to engage in everyday activities, work and enjoy hobbies, sports and other recreational activities. People who are diagnosed with occupational breathing conditions may be entitled to workers’ compensation in Maryland.

What factors can lead to a forklift accident?

Forklifts are used in warehouses in Maryland and across the country. While these essential machines are used to move heavy products from place to place, they may pose a critical threat to operators who are not using them correctly. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 100,000 workers are injured and killed every year as the result of forklift accidents. Employers have a responsibility to ensure their employees receive the proper training on how to use these large machines correctly.

Heat-related illnesses can occur in the workplace

A number of Americans work in outdoor and indoor environments that are hot and humid on a daily basis. Although some people can become accustomed to working in such harsh conditions, high temperatures can be brutal, especially when people are trying to work. When the body losses an excessive amount of fluid and is unable to regulate its core temperature, it can cause serious symptoms which could cause illness, permanent injuries and even death in some cases.

Identifying the price of body parts in MD workplace accidents

When people have the poor misfortune of losing a body part during a workplace accident, they may be surprised to find out that the price paid to people who lose an extremity varies drastically depending on what state in which they reside. Maryland pays a significant amount more for a lost body part than a number of other states in the nation. Alabama, on the other hand, is one of the lowest paying states. The rate of pay for lost body parts is contingent upon the schedule of benefits listed for that specific state. These differences in workers’ compensation benefits has employees and employers alike arguing that a body part should be worth the same amount regardless of where it was lost.

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