Workplace Accidents

An accident or injury can occur in any workplace. However, workers in some industries are more likely to experience serious workplace injuries than others. Construction, agriculture and forestry, and health care are three areas where workers are at higher risk for accidents and injuries. However, workers in offices, retail stores and food service suffer injuries, too.

If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to Washington workers' compensation benefits, wherever you work. At the Seattle law office of Elk & Elk Co., Ltd., our attorneys help injured employees obtain the full compensation to which they are entitled under the law. If you have been injured, find out how we can help. Call 844-ELK-WEST (844-355-9378) or contact us online for a free consultation.

Elk & Elk: Defending employee rights, helping victims of construction accidents

According to the U.S. Department of Labor, construction accidents account for at least 25 percent of all workplace accidents in the United States. The state of Washington is no different. Of the 50 most recent injury accidents, 20 of them involved construction workers, higher than the national average at least for the two months covered by the numbers.

There are all kinds of construction accidents, but the following are typical:

  • Falls from heights
  • Material and equipment falling
  • Slips and trips
  • Injuries while using tools and equipment
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Electrical and chemical burns
  • Toxic exposure

Examples of forestry and agriculture injuries

Forestry is an important part of Washington's economy. Unfortunately, it's also a significant source of worker injuries. Workers in the forestry, agriculture, hunting and fishing sectors typically experience accidents involving:

  • Tractors and other work vehicles tipping over
  • Falls
  • Saw injuries
  • Falling machinery and equipment
  • Falling trees
  • Chemical exposure from fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides

Typical health care worker injuries

Although health care workers suffer injuries common to those experienced by workers in other sectors, they do suffer one type of injury specific to the health care industry: injuries suffered while lifting and moving patients. Other types of injuries include:

  • Slip-and-falls
  • Patient attacks
  • Chemical exposure
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Kitchen accidents

Contact us for a free consultation

If you suffered an injury on the job, whether you work in construction or in an office, you have rights and options. Let a Seattle workplace injury attorney advise you about your options.

Call a workplace accident lawyer at 844-ELK-WEST (844-355-9378) or contact us online for a free consultation.