Types of Workplace Accidents in South Carolina
Statistics show that accidents impact thousands of workers across South Carolina each year in a wide variety of industries. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that, in a recent year, 22,800 job-related injuries and illnesses occurred in the state. Out of those cases:
- 13,200 led to the worker missing one or more days of work
- 9,500 resulted in the worker needing to change jobs job duties
- 63 accidents caused the worker’s death.
If you are hurt or become sick due to a workplace accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can cover your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. Depending on the facts of your case, you may also pursue a personal injury lawsuit and recover additional funds.
With our decades of combined experience in handling workplace accident claims, the law firm of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., can help you determine and pursue the best options available to you. Contact us today to set up a free consultation. We serve clients in Spartanburg, Greenville and across the state.
We can assist you in all workplace accidents, including those which involved:
- Overexertion – Workers often hurt themselves when lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying or turning heavy items such as boxes and equipment.
- Repetitive motion – When a worker performs the same task over and over again, the muscles, tendons and ligaments simply can’t recover, and injuries result.
- Slip and fall – Slippery, uneven or cluttered surfaces can cause workers to trip and fall.
- Fall to a lower level – Falling off a ladder, scaffolding, lift or crane is a common type of construction accident.
- Struck by an object – These accidents can involve falling or objects such as tools or flying particles such as rocks, wood slivers or metal shavings.
- Struck against an object – Injuries often result from being pushed against a wall or being hit by swinging pieces of equipment.
- Crushed or caught in machinery – These accidents frequently occur when workers are cleaning machines without following standard “lock out / tag out” safety procedures (or when employers fail to have such procedures in place).
- Chemical exposure – Serious injuries can result from breathing or coming into direct contact with dangerous chemicals without proper protective gear such as goggles, gloves and a body suit.
- Fires and explosions – Whenever flammable or combustible materials are near possible ignition sources (flames or sparks), accidents can happen.
- Trench collapses – These accidents often occur when too much soil is piled too close to the edge of the trench and causes a wall to collapse.
- Vehicle accident – Workers in many different jobs can be hurt in car or truck accidents as well as in crashes that involve forklifts and utility vehicles such as “Gators.”
South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration statistics show that workers in the construction, healthcare, manufacturing, farming, emergency response (police and firefighters) and transportation industries face the highest risk work accidents. However, the above accidents can occur in many other jobs, including food service, landscaping and even education and office jobs. Regardless of where your accident happened, it will demand serious legal representation.
Contact a Spartanburg Workplace Accident Lawyer Today
The lawyers of Harrison, White, Smith & Coggins, P.C., bring extensive skill and knowledge to cases involving workplace accidents. We can draw on our firm’s diverse array of experience and talent to serve you while also providing the close, personalized attention that your case deserves. Call or contact us online today to get started.
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