Ocala, FL Severe Workplace Injuries
Common Types of Severe Workplace Injuries
Workplace injuries can be as diverse as the plethora of professions they result from, but the following five types are the most common across many industries and jobs. If you or loved ones have been severely injured in a workplace accident, contact the Ocala attorneys at Schatt, McGraw, Rauba & Mutarelli for assistance filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Amputations can occur when workers operate poorly guarded or unguarded equipment such as band saws, meat grinders, milling machines, and printing presses. Any device using a mechanical motion has the potential of causing an amputation. Industries with the highest risk of amputation in the workplace are manufacturing, construction, wholesale trade, and retail.
Nearly every worker is exposed to a type of electrical current every day. The risk increases if the worker is operating equipment with frayed or deformed electrical cords or doing it around a damp surface. If you o loved ones were injured by an electrical shock in the workplace, contact the workers’ comp lawyers in Ocala, FL, at Schatt, McGraw, Rauba & Mutarelli
Contact burns occur internally as the electrical arc is converted to heat. The burn severity depends on the type of electrical current, the voltage, the duration of contact, and the resistance to the current’s flow. Damage to organ tissues is a common result.
Arc Flash Burns
Arc flash burns are external and occur when a current jumps between two points. As the current jumps, it can ignite flammable materials, including clothing, which results in external burns. Anyone in range of the flash can be injured.
Industrial accidents generally occur in manufacturing settings, such as factories, mines, and construction sites. These accidents can directly affect workers and damage property and/or the environment. Many accidents are caused by not following established procedures and a lack of equipment maintenance. A wide variety of severe injuries can occur as a result.
Many workplace accidents can result in paralysis, including slips and falls, being struck by falling objects, vehicle accidents, and being caught between objects. Employees with a high risk of paralysis are construction workers, mechanics, and factory, transportation, and warehouse workers. Paralysis can occur in one of four degrees:
- Monoplegia: This type of paralysis affects a single area of the body, most frequently one limb.
- Hemiplegia: An arm and leg on the same side of the body are affected.
- Paraplegia: This is paralysis below the waist with the hips and legs usually affected.
- Quadriplegia: Also called tetraplegia, this form of paralysis affects all four limbs along with the torso.
A severe cut can have many causes, including falling from an elevated surface, a slip-and-fall accident, jagged surfaces, and the use of certain equipment and tools. The cuts can range from minor abrasions to deep gashes and affect the face, torso, legs, and arms. If the cut is severe enough, it may result in an amputation.
What to Do After a Work Injury
After a severe workplace injury, there are several steps to take. A Florida workers' compensation lawyer at Schatt, McGraw, Rauba & Mutarelli can help you with this process.
Seek Medical Treatment Immediately
In an emergency, you can seek medical treatment from the nearest medical facility. Otherwise, injured employees are required to visit a medical facility authorized by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurer.
Make An Accident Report
The state of Florida limits the reporting period to 30 days after the injury. This means you have no more than 30 days to notify your employer of the injury and create an accident report. Failure to do so may result in a denial of workers' comp benefits.
Workers’ Comp Attorney in Ocala, FL
The third step after suffering a severe workplace injury is to contact the Ocala lawyers at Schatt, McGraw, Rauba & Mutarelli We’ve helped many clients receive the workers’ compensation benefits they deserve after a workplace accident. Many times these benefits are necessary to make sure everyday expenses, such as medical treatments, are covered. For help filing a workers’ compensation claim, or to have your claim reviewed, contact Schatt, McGraw, Rauba & Mutarelli today.