Chattanooga Attorneys Representing Clients with Workplace Injuries
Secure representation from a qualified lawyer after a work-related accident
According to the National Safety Council, a worker is injured on the job every seven seconds — that is nearly 13,000 injured workers every day. That leads to thousands of lost paychecks for those who are unrightfully denied workers’ compensation benefits. Without the right benefits, you may be fighting to pay the bills and stay afloat.
That is where Wagner & Wagner Attorneys are Law comes in. Our Chattanooga workers’ compensation lawyers understand the burden of workplace injuries. We know how important it is to receive payment for medical expenses and lost time at work. We believe in protecting workers and giving a voice to employees who are unsure of how to stand up for their rights.
Injuries that commonly occur on the job
Everyone has the right to a safe work environment, but sadly that is not always the case. Hazardous work settings, insufficient training and unqualified bosses lead to workplace injuries such as:
- Overexertion. The result of lifting, pulling, carrying, wielding or other repetitive and strenuous activities, overexertion occurs commonly in laborers, nurses/orderlies, EMTs and material handlers. Overexertion keeps otherwise healthy workers from performing their job duties.
- Back injuries from lifting. Sprains, strains, herniated discs and other back injuries can put someone out of work for months or even permanently. While proper techniques and back braces help limit some of the risk of back injuries from lifting, these injuries are still quite common.
- Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). RSD is a chronic condition that can be caused by trauma at work. It leads to intense and continuous pain that worsens over time, as well as swelling, discoloration and temperature changes on various parts of the body.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). A TBI can alter your life forever. Even a seemingly mild concussion can lead to changes in your brain function and mental health. Dramatic TBIs could permanently alter the way you think, act and feel.
- Fractures. Breaking a bone in any part of your body is bound to leave you unable to work for a while. You could have suffered a hand fracture from a car accident or a broken leg from a large fall.
Other injuries include cuts, bruises and lacerations. In certain case, serious work-related injuries may lead to a permanent disability, such as paralysis, amputation or incurable illness.
How and where workplace injuries happen
Workplace injuries can be the result of falls from heights, slips and falls, car accidents, repetitive stress, toxic exposure and more. While an injury can occur in any workplace, some of the most common include:
- Construction accidents. Construction is one of the most dangerous lines of work. You could fall from a scaffolding, injure yourself operating a forklift or be crushed by a piece of equipment. Construction-site safety is not always handled appropriately by supervisors, so a potentially insignificant event may turn into a complete disaster without the right action and prevention from your boss.
- Industrial accidents. From refinery explosions to mining disasters, industrial accidents have the power to devastate and even kill. Many industrial businesses are susceptible to major hazardous events, including oil companies, the coal industry and many more.
- Manufacturing/production accidents. When working in a factory, plant or other manufacturing facility, you are at risk from poorly maintained machines, lack of first aid and poorly labeled hazards. You risk having a finger cut off, having an arm stuck in a machine and many more traumatic injuries.
- Service industry accidents. You may not immediately think of a retail store or restaurant as a place for serious work-related injuries. Yet, workers fall victim to injury every day while working in the service industry. Retail workers injure their backs lifting boxes and stocking shelves, while food service employees are subject to scalding burns.
- Transportation accidents. Delivery drivers, truckers, sanitation workers and utility workers often operate large, dangerous vehicles and could be in charge of hazardous materials. These fields present the risk of truck accidents and exposure to life-threatening chemicals.
A skilled Chattanooga workers’ compensation attorney fights for you
When a workplace injury turns your life upside down, Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law is here to help. Our tenacious lawyers want what is best for you and your family. Let us counsel you on how to obtain proper benefits. Call us today at 423.799.3532 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation. We help clients in and around Chattanooga, Cleveland, TN and Northern Georgia, and all surrounding counties.