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Workplace injuries can affect the families of those who have been harmed

On Behalf of | May 17, 2024 | Workplace Injuries |

Workplace injuries can result in serious harm or even death. The impact of such harm can extend beyond the workplace, causing emotional, financial and physical burdens that families must bear.

Families dealing with the emotional trauma of seeing a loved one in pain or killed often experience feelings of grief, anxiety and helplessness. When permanent disability or death occur, affected families may face long-term financial struggles.

Common workplace injuries leading to death or serious harm

Workplace injuries that result in death or serious injury vary depending on the industry, but some of the most prevalent ones include:

  • Falls: Whether from heights or on the same level, falls are a leading cause of workplace injuries. They can result in injuries such as spinal cord damage, broken bones or traumatic brain injuries. Worse, falls can be fatal.
  • Struck by an object: It includes incidents where workers are struck by objects or equipment, such as tools, machinery or vehicles. These incidents can cause serious injuries such as internal organ damage, fracture or head injuries, with devastating consequences.
  • Caught in/between objects: Getting stuck between machinery or equipment can lead to crush injuries, amputations or suffocation. The aftermath of such accidents can be traumatic for families, especially if the injuries result in permanent disability or death.
  • Electrocutions: Electrical accidents can cause cardiac arrest, severe burns or even death. It’s prevalent in construction and maintenance work, where workers may come into contact with faulty equipment, live wires or electrical systems.
  • Vehicle accidents: Whether in transportation industries, construction sites or farms, vehicle accidents can result in serious injuries or fatalities. Families may have to deal with the devastating loss of a breadwinner or provide care for a loved one who has suffered life-altering injuries.
  • Exposure to hazardous substances: Contact with harmful chemicals, gases or substances can lead to serious injuries or fatalities, especially in the manufacturing, construction and agriculture industries.

Workplace injuries disrupt workers’ lives and can have far-reaching effects on their families. Employees who have been injured at their workplace can seek legal guidance to help address these tragedies and better ensure their safety moving forward.