Any injury that requires you to miss work or go to the doctors can be a significant drain on you and your family. Injuries and or illnesses that are sustained in the workplace can not only affect you financially but also emotionally, and depending on the severity of your injury you may be unable to return to work. People who have been injured in a workplace accident often report that they feel overwhelmed with anxiety and are not sure what to do and who to turn to.
That is why for over twenty years Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law have been providing injured workers with support and guidance. Injured workers are entitled to a variety of benefits, and we know how to work with the complex worker’s compensation system to ensure that you are able to recover for your injuries.
Common Workplace Injuries in Arkansas
Every day workers all across America and even right here in Bentonville are subject to dangerous and harsh conditions. According to the National Safety Council every seven seconds, someone is injured while they are on the job. This amounts to nearly 13,000 injured workers every day. However, that is not to suggest that every injury is the same. Injuries at work can range from minor soreness and pain from an uncomfortable chair to major and serious injuries such as sprains, tears, and broken bones.
Some of the most common workplace injuries may include:
Occupational injuries – injuries such as carpal tunnel, back strains, and pulls, and repetitive use injuries are some of the most commonly cited workplace injuries. While these injuries tend to be more prevalent in the construction industry and other industries where heavy machinery is involved, workers in almost every profession can be exposed to conditions that lead to injuries.
Occupational disease – The various conditions of a certain working environment can lead to diseases ranging from minor to deadly. These diseases are a chronic result of working in a certain occupation. Some of the more commonly cited occupational diseases include lung disease, skin disease, as well as overuse or carpal tunnel syndrome.
Overexertion injuries – Pushing, carrying, pulling, and moving heavy equipment all day is one of the leading causes of workplace injury. Overexertion injuries frequently are on top of OSHA injury reports.
Slip and fall – Slip and fall injuries comprise approximately sixteen percent of all reported workplace injuries. These injuries often result in significant injuries to the head, back, wrists, legs, and hips.
Who is Responsible for a Workplace Injury?
Arkansas workers are generally prohibited from filing a personal injury lawsuit against their employer for an injury that happened on the worksite. Workers who are injured often turn to the worker’s compensation system to recover for their injuries. However, they often find that their companies insurance company has more bargaining power than they do. Insurance companies generally are very attuned to the worker’s compensation system and therefore enjoy a considerable advantage over the average worker who tries to advocate for themselves before the worker’s compensation commission. Arkansas’s worker’s compensation laws are designed to ensure that any employee or worker who is injured on the job receives a properly fixed amount of money for their injury, which is often paid by the employer or their insurance company. Therefore, the insurance company has a vested interest in keeping their costs down will often send attorneys and other trained professionals to represent their interest in a worker’s compensation hearing.
However, if an accident is caused by another party then a worker who has been injured while on the job may be able to file a claim against that party. These third party claims are more common in industries that rely on heavy machinery such as construction companies. These cases are common where a construction worker falls from a scaffolding or other piece of equipment because the scaffolding was defective.
Contact a Bentonville Workplace Injury Attorney Today
Not only do injured workers need to worry about recovering, but those who have been injured often report a sense of anxiety and helplessness because they are not sure what they should do and how they are going to pay their bills. That is why Ken Kieklak have been representing injured workers in Bentonville and throughout Arkansas for the last 20 years. We know that injuries can have a major impact on your life, however, we are here to provide you trusted legal advice during your recovery. Call us today for your free and confidential consultation at (479) 316-0438 or contact us online.