According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 329 fatal work injuries were recorded in the manufacturing industry in 2010. Have you been involved in a manufacturing accident, and need to file a worker’s compensation claim? The workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers at Wilson, Reives & Silverman know your rights and are ready to help you get the compensation you deserve. Your health may have already been compromised – let our attorneys help you while you get back on your feet.
What are the most common manufacturing workplace hazards?
Strains, sprains and tears account for 4 of every 10 injuries and can cause thousands of missed workdays annually. Other serious injuries can be caused by the following accidents and risks:
Being struck by objects or equipment
While forklift accidents account for a large percentage of this type of accident, all mechanical motion is potentially hazardous.
Amputations and crush injuries
If you’re a production worker, you may lose a finger or a limb when operating a food slicer, meat grinder, milling machine, powered conveyor belt, mechanical power press, drill press, lathe, band saw or similar equipment.
You’re at high risk for a head or back injury or broken bones if you slip and fall on a wet production floor, stair, ladder or uneven surface. Falls can occur on work sites, in offices or in manufacturing environments.
You may receive a serious electric shock if the wiring is exposed or a piece of machinery isn’t grounded properly.
Every time a worker picks up an object, no matter how small, he or she is putting strain on the muscles and discs in his/her back. In North Carolina, back injuries are compensable if the worker is injured because of a “specific traumatic incident”. Basically, this means that the injury does not have to be accidental like a slip, trip, or fall. If you hurt your back on the job while lifting, call our workers’ compensation team and set up a free consultation.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
High production jobs where the worker is tasked with performing the same movement over and over can lead to injuries like carpal tunnel syndrome and cubital tunnel syndrome. These types of injury require production of specific evidence to prove that the employer and insurance company are responsible for the workers’ injury. If you have been diagnosed with carpal tunnel, cubital tunnel or other type of repetitive motion injury, the attorneys at Wilson, Reives and Silverman are ready to help. Call today for your free consultation.
If I’ve been injured in a manufacturing accident, what should I do next?
First, seek medical attention if you haven’t done so already. Also, be sure to report the injury immediately to your supervisor in both written and oral form. While there’s no set format for how to do this, you need to report your injury as quickly as possible. Make sure what you say to employers and others remains consistent. And, if possible, document your working conditions to help illustrate any safety lapses.
Then, with the help of a personal injury lawyer, you can determine whether filing a workers’ compensation claim is your best course of action.
Where do I begin filing a workers’ compensation claim?
If you are looking to claim workers’ compensation benefits for a personal injury, you should do so quickly. Any delay in filing on your part could lead to potential delays in receiving benefits. Reporting injuries immediately and filing a claim as soon as you decide to seek benefits will significantly increase your personal injury lawyer’s chances of recovering compensation quickly.
It will not cost you anything to come in for a consultation. At Wilson, Reives & Silverman, PLLC, all consultations for manufacturing accident cases are given free of charge.
The personal injury and workers compensation lawyers at Wilson, Reives & Silverman are here to provide you with trusted, effective legal counsel. We’ll focus on your claim, allowing you to focus on recovery and moving your life forward.