Common Kansas Work Accidents
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At Bretz Injury Law – located in Hutchinson, Salina, Wichita, Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal, and Hays – our dedicated workplace accident lawyers have experience helping people in Kansas receive workers’ compensation benefits for all types of work accidents. We understand how frightening an injury on the job can be for individuals and their families. That’s why we want to hear from you. Your recovery from your work accident can be a difficult process; getting justice should be the easy part. Let us help.
Learn more about common work accidents in Kansas, as well as the legal issues surrounding these events:
Oil Field / Well Accidents
Oil rig workers in Kansas face serious risks every day on the job, including dozens of fatal accidents every year and many more causing serious injuries. When such accidents happen, injured workers who survive them often face a long recovery period, during which they cannot work or perform even routine tasks like walking or moving normally.
The cause of an oil field or well accident can be traced back to any number of factors, including defective equipment, unsafe working conditions, improper maintenance, and untrained workers. Our attorneys have vast experience helping clients injured in work accidents get the compensation they deserve. We can help you or a loved one if you sustained a serious injury in an oil field accident.
We handle cases involving third-party liability. If someone working for another company (not your employer) caused your workplace accident, you may be able to pursue legal action against the other company or third party. A third-party liability claim might involve a subcontractor working at a construction site who created a hazardous condition that led to an accident. In other cases, a third party might be a drunk driver who crashed into a car driven by someone who was working. In these cases, our experienced attorneys may be able to help you make a third-party claim to recover damages such as pain and suffering or emotional distress - compensation in addition to your workers' compensation claim.
Construction & Industrial Accidents
Construction accidents in Kansas and accidents at industrial sites often result in catastrophic injuries. That's because such workplaces can be extremely dangerous. Workers may need to do their jobs high above the ground. They may spend their day working around heavy and dangerous equipment. Whether it's working with drills or saws or potentially hazardous or toxic materials, a construction worker or someone working in an industrial environment faces unique risks. Were you hurt at construction site or in a factory? Talk to an attorney today.
Large machines like backhoes, forklifts and jackhammers, or assembly line equipment in a factory can cause serious injuries. Whether you're crushed by such equipment operated by someone else, or hurt while using large machines on your own, the consequences can be devastating. Sometimes, machine accidents occur due to operator error. Other times, manufacturing or design defects are to blame. Depending on the circumstances, you may have grounds for a third-party liability claim (a claim against someone other than your employer) in addition to a workers' compensation claim.
Work-Related Car Accidents
People who drive as part of their job may sustain severe injuries in work-related car accidents. If you're injured in a car accident while you are working, you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. In addition, you also may be able to seek damages from the negligent driver who caused the accident. In these third-party liability claims, the negligent driver might have been drunk, distracted, or engaged in some other negligent behavior. If, for example, you are injured by a truck driver, you may have a claim against the driver and the driver's trucking company. This claim could be made in addition to the benefits you receive under your employer's workers' compensation insurance policy. Workers' compensation does not cover pain and suffering, mental anguish or punitive damages, which are "noneconomic" damages that you may be entitled to recover from the negligent driver or his or her insurance company.
Falls from Heights
Construction workers on scaffolding, roofers on top of buildings, and people who regularly climb ladders for work sometimes fall and get seriously injured or lose their lives. Workers may sustain brain injuries, broken bones, spinal cord damage and other catastrophic injuries. You may be unable to return to work and may need long-term medical care and rehabilitation. We represent workers facing some of the most difficult circumstances. We will make sure your case receives the attention it rightfully deserves.
Prison guards and other people who work in correctional facilities operated by Kansas Department of Corrections or federal facilities like USP Leavenworth sometimes sustain serious injuries due to attacks by inmates. When such attacks occur, knowing what to do afterward can become an overwhelming ordeal. Let us help. Our experienced attorneys thoroughly understand the rules and regulations involving inmate attacks in Kansas.
Tractor Trailer Loading Accidents
Tractor-trailers accidents don't just occur on the road. Sometimes, the people loading and unloading a large truck sustain serious injuries. It's not uncommon for someone to get hurt by a falling object that was not loaded properly or shifted in transit. Workers on loading docks and near the truck also may sustain injuries due to falling objects or even because of reckless truck drivers who drive into them. Defective truck parts or broken wenches used to load and unload trucks are sometimes to blame. Collecting evidence in such cases can be complicated. Determining liability can be frustrating. There may be multiple parties responsible, and each one may point the finger at the other. Our attorneys are skilled at finding out which parties are liable and holding negligent parties and insurance companies accountable.
Common On-the-Job Injuries
Accidents at work can lead to any number of serious injuries that can have a devastating physical, emotional, and psychological toll on the injured individual and his or her family. Our attorneys are well-equipped to handle work accident cases involving the following types of injuries, as well as many other serious injuries:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spine Injuries
- Amputation Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Back/Neck Injuries
- Knee injuries
- Repetitive Use Injuries
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Burn Injuries
- Lifting Injuries
- Electrocution Accidents
- Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Whatever type of injury you or a loved one sustained at work, contact our law firm immediately. Every injury accident is unique. We can help answer your questions and deal with precise legal issues involving your specific workplace accident.