Each year in Texas, many people are injured while at their jobs. Most people go to work believing that they will not be harmed while there, but injuries are quite common and can happen in a variety of different work settings.
When people are injured at work, it is important that they report the incident to their supervisor. This should be done immediately. They should then seek medical attention if it hasn’t already been provided. It is a good idea to note the names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident and to write down exactly what happened.
It is possible to prevent many different types of workplace injuries. Among the most common, repetitive motion syndromes such as carpal tunnel may be prevented by using better ergonomics with the workstation. Overexertion injuries may be prevented by always using appropriate techniques for lifting heavy objects. People can help to prevent falling from heights by making certain they always use safety harnesses and that the scaffolding is properly and regularly maintained. Keeping floors cleared of debris can help to prevent slips, trips and falls. To avoid compression injuries, people should be safe when they are operating machinery and make certain that others who are doing so can see them.
Even when all safety tips are followed, however, workplace accidents can and do happen. Those who are injured in one may have the right to apply for workers’ compensation benefits that can include necessary medical care. It is not uncommon for an employer or its insurer to dispute a claim, and thus some workers find that the assistance of an attorney can be advisable.