West Virginia Worker’s Safety Lawyer

Employers have a duty to provide a safe working environment for employees. According to the U.S. Dept. of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the following statistics reveal the extent of work-related injuries and deaths in 2011:

  • 2011 on-the-job fatalities: 4,609
  • 90 fatalities per week
  • 13 fatalities per day
  • 4 per 100 workers: injuries and illnesses (2011)

If you were injured on the job or if a loved one was fatally injured, there may be a valid personal injury or wrongful death claim, even if you have Worker’s Compensation. If your employer was not in compliance with safety standards, or if your employer was at fault in causing an injury, a personal injury claim may be viable. Every case is treated on its own merits. The attorneys at Tiano O’Dell represent clients who have been injured while at work. It is extremely important to discuss your case in a timely manner.

Employer’s Duties to Maintain a Safe Working Environment:

According to OSHA, there are numerous employer responsibilities, including:

  • The workplace must  be free from serious recognized hazards
  • The workplace must comply with OSHA standards, rules and regulations
  • Employers must have safe tools and know how to use them
  • Employers must be warned of potential hazards, using colors, posters, labels or signs
  • Employees must feel free to exercise their rights under the OSHA act, without discrimination

Common Causes of Workplace Injuries:

  • Falls
  • Electrocution
  • Struck by object
  • Caught –in
  • Caught between

The most common OSHA safety violations include:

  • Scaffolding
  • Fall protection
  • Hazard communication
  • Respiratory protection
  • Control of hazardous energy
  • Electrical, wiring methods
  • Ladders
  • Electrical systems design
  • Machine guarding

Compensation for Injuries in a Personal Injury Lawsuit May Include:

A personal injury lawsuit seeks to make the injured party whole, or to restore them to the state they were in before the injury. Broadly speaking, compensation includes:

  • Medical treatment
  • Lost income
  • Pain and suffering
  • Property damage

Complimentary Case Review with West Virginia Workers’ Safety Law Firm Tiano O’Dell; No Fees Unless We Win:

Your employer has a duty to maintain a reasonably safe working environment. If you were injured as a result of a breach of that duty, in some circumstances, even with Worker’s Compensation, you may seek compensation in a personal injury claim. You are advised to discuss this with your West Virginia attorney. Tiano O’Dell has been helping injured parties for more than 20 years. William Tiano and Tony O’Dell, firm founders, have been named as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the prestigious American Trial Lawyers Association, as well as West Virginia Super Lawyers. They have earned these distinctions by adhering to the highest principles of professionalism – and hard work. There are no fees unless we win or settle your case. To schedule your consultation, call Tiano O’Dell at 304-720-6700. 

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