How to Avoid Having a Work Injury Horror Story
July 25, 2012
One search online and dozens of stories involving work-related injuries are right at your fingertips. Online, employees who have been through the most horrific ordeals share their horror stories. These accounts will make you cringe, make you squeamish, and mostly make you angry and frustrated at bosses and insurance companies across the nation.
One truck driver was injured twice on the job- and these injuries were sustained within a few weeks of one another. Unfortunately, he received little mercy from his company's workers' compensation doctor. The man was fired from his job- for not being able to do any heavy work after being injured and subsequently lost his home, car, belongings and family.
In statements released to the press, the victim shared that, "After we lost the apartment...I was evicted...I stayed in a men's shelter...my knee has gotten far worse, and I am completely disabled, and suffer anxiety and depressive disorders due to two mental breakdowns from the stress and pain I am in."
In another story, a worker at an auto supply company was wearing a sweatshirt when it caught on a 110 ton stamping press, her first day on the job. The press slammed down and crushed her arms, resulting in the amputation of both of her arms-from the elbow down. A legal battle then ensued, with the employee fighting with all of her might to receive the damages she deserved.
How can you avoid having a work injury horror story like these to share and how can you ensure that your company has protections in place for its workers?
Use proper safety equipment
Ask for assistance if you cannot complete a task on your own
Lift carefully, using the knees, or use a dolly if an item is too heavy
Notify your supervisor if you experience pain after completing a task
Be aware that certain repetitive motions can lead to carpal tunnel
Stay informed of risks
Get plenty of sleep
Exercise caution when on the road for work
Workers' compensation insurance is required by law in most states. If your employer does not have workers' compensation, they can be held personally liable for your injuries or have to pay steep fines imposed by the state. If you have been injured on the job, contact a workers' compensation attorney immediately to receive the legal assistance you need. Fight back today to reclaim your health and happiness!