In many cases, when an employee suffers an injury at work, an employer is to blame. When an employer is negligent, employees may face a hazardous work environment, improper safety equipment, or toxic chemicals. An employee injured by a careless employer may choose to file a personal injury lawsuit with the assistance of an experienced attorney.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at work, contact a Florida workers’ compensation attorney at Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A. Our office has years of experience in personal injury law – and a proven track record of success. We’ll focus on building your case, while you focus on your recovery.
However, while many hazardous work conditions result from a negligent employer, a number of accidents are caused by workers themselves. There are several things you can do to protect yourself (and strengthen your legal case, should you be injured) at work, including:
#1: Pay Attention to Your Surroundings
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported by private industry employers in 2016. Nearly 35% of these injuries and illnesses were serious in nature, resulting in days away from work.
Many of these injuries were caused by workers who failed to pay attention to their surroundings. You should always understand the hazards of your occupation and workplace, including potentially dangerous conditions and active machinery.
#2: Take Regular Breaks
Hundreds of work-related injuries occur because workers are exhausted – too tired to stay alert and protect against danger. By taking regular breaks at work, you’ll improve your ability to foresee danger and limit your risk of making mistakes.
#3: Report Hazardous Conditions to Your Manager
If you notice dangerous conditions that should not exist in your work environment, report them to your manager or supervisor as soon as possible. All employers are legally obligated to ensure you have a safe workplace.
#4: Use Safety Equipment
In occupations like construction, warehouse logistics, and repair, employees are required to wear specialized safety equipment. This may include earplugs, goggles, or gloves – among other things. It’s your responsibility to wear this equipment. Otherwise, an employer cannot be held accountable for sustained injuries.
#5: Educate Your Coworkers
Once you understand the safety requirements of your workplace, share them with your coworkers. In doing so, you’ll improve the overall safety of your work environment.
#6: Reduce Your Stress Level
A fair portion of work accidents take place because workers are needlessly stressed by long hours, a heavy workload, or job insecurity. Mention these concerns to your supervisor or consider addressing them in other ways.
#7: Keep Your Head Straight
You should never be under the influence of drugs or alcohol at work. After suffering a work-related injury, your employer will usually request a drug or breathalyzer test. If you fail either test – or refuse to take them – you are not eligible for workers’ compensation.
Contact an Experienced Florida Workers’ Compensation Attorney for Representation
Unfortunately, employees may follow safety rules in their work environment and still find themselves injured due to a negligent employer.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at work, contact an experienced Florida workers’ compensation attorney at Sternberg | Forsythe, P.A. Our team will fight tooth and nail for the resolution you deserve. Call 561-687-5660 for a free consultation.