All too many American workers lose their lives, health, their livelihoods or their ability to fully engage in everyday activities we all take for granted after being injured at work. In 2016 alone, over 5, 000 workers lost their lives and nearly 3 million workers suffered non-fatal injuries and illnesses due to unsafe conditions or exposures at work.
The economic toll on workers, families and employers is staggering. While companies lose billions to workplace injuries, the costs of care due to work injuries and illnesses are largely footed by workers and their families and tax payer supported safety net programs. Only a fraction of the costs may be covered by workers compensation.
That says nothing of the emotional costs many families endure when a loved one is injured or killed on the job. Common injuries resulting from falls at construction sites, struck by or against injuries in factories or incapacitating musculoskeletal diseases not only impact workers, but also the people who depend on them.
The good news is that most workplace injuries and illnesses are preventable. Training, supervision, protective equipment and routinely controlling hazards and exposures by enforcing strict protocols can make all the difference. Although health and safety in workplaces has improved by leaps and bounds over the last several decades, the fact that workers still suffer serious injuries and illnesses at work signals that more needs to be done.
Contact an Experienced Quad Cities Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
It is important for employees to hold their employers or other responsible parties accountable when injuries or illnesses result from hazardous or unsafe work conditions. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, contact our Davenport workers’ compensation personal injury attorneys for help. We represent quad cities workers and their families in all matters pertaining to workers’ compensation to cover medical costs and wages when you are injured and unable to return to work. We also have extensive experience representing workers in cases where a third party might also be responsible for your injury, which may result in additional compensation. We handle work injury claims throughout Scott county Iowa and in Rock Island and Moline Illinois. Call our Quad Cities workers’ compensation law offices today for a free consultation of your case at 563-355-6478.