Seattle Work Injury Lawyers
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 a variety of other settings may 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, our workplace accident 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 1-844-ELK-WEST (1-844-355-9378) or contact us online for a free consultation.
Why Choose Elk & Elk Following a Workplace Accident
Elk & Elk is the number one choice for many Washington residents suffering workplace accidents across Washington state. This is the case as a result of our extensive experience and impressive track record as a law firm.
- We have secured over $1 billion in personal injury claims for our clients. As a firm, we have seen great amounts of success in our lawsuits rewarded in the form of compensation.
- Elk & Elk has decades of experience working in the Seattle area. Our workplace accident attorneys’ combined experience puts us above the rest.
- We aim at securing you the maximum amount of compensation achievable; it is our primary goal when handling your case.
- We handle all of your legal work along the way, including investigation, collecting and dealing with paperwork, filing the lawsuit/claim, negotiating with insurance companies, and fighting for you should any other parties contest your claims.
- Throughout the entire process, Elk & Elk keeps you in the loop by maintaining clear and open communication so you do not have to worry about your case going in a direction you are not comfortable with.
- Our firm works on a contingency fee basis meaning that you will not have to pay any upfront costs unless Elk & Elk wins your case and puts money in your pocket.
Why a Workplace Accident Attorney Is Beneficial to You
As previously stated, a workplace accident attorney is an easy choice with Elk & Elk, as you will not have to pay any costs until we win your compensation. However, many people choose to forego securing legal assistance for a workplace accident case. This decision can prove detrimental to your case.
Elk & Elk wants to show you why a Seattle workplace accident attorney is the best option for you following an incident at your job:
- The process of filing a workers’ compensation claim can be daunting. The myriad of different types of paperwork and proper proceedings that must be taken into account can foil a claim from officially coming forward. Your lawyer will not only know how to go about this process but will have the necessary experience doing it as well.
- An attorney will know exactly what types of benefits will extend to your case as someone who has suffered an injury in the workplace. There are numerous different types of damages one can claim depending on the type of injury and a list of other deciding factors.
- Your lawyer will be able to navigate the complex field of third-party liability in the case that it is applicable to what you have suffered. These intricacies can determine how your case plays out.
These tips are aimed at maximizing your compensation potential. A workplace accident attorney is the first step in ensuring that all of your financial needs are met as medical bills, loss of wages, and more start stacking up.
Types 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 is 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 from high places
- Saw and mechanical injuries
- Falling machinery, trees, and equipment
- 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 healthcare industry: injuries suffered while lifting and moving patients. Other types of injuries include:
- Slip-and-falls – Slip and falls are unfortunately not uncommon in hospitals and other types of care centers. These types of accidents are extremely common due to the amount of ground healthcare workers must cover while on the job. Liquid substances, patients, and equipment can all be factors in slip and fall accidents as well.
- Patient attacks – This tricky type of case is quite common. Sometimes, a medical professional’s safety is put in danger if a patient becomes combative. In a situation of a patient attack, a complex legal issue arises between the victim, the patient, and the hospital.
- Chemical exposure – Chemicals are part of so many medical professionals’ work lives. They are important to the treating of patients but can sometimes spell disaster for you or a loved one working in the healthcare field.
- Motor vehicle accidents – Although oftentimes overlooked, injuries sustained with motor vehicles happen more often than one might think. Ambulances are one of the most prominent examples as they can crash due to the negligent actions of a driver or the ambulance operator. Additionally, passing cars who fail to yield to an injury scene can be disastrous for someone on the job.
- Kitchen accidents – Another less common type of accident, kitchen accidents may happen to healthcare workers as well. Sometimes they are required to prepare meals for the patients or other workers, exposing them to a variety of potential dangers.
Other Types of Workplace Accidents
While the types of accidents listed above are the most common sources of workplace injuries, there are plenty of other kinds of accidents that someone may experience in different settings:
- Warehouse or industrial accidents. There are many different ways people experience an injury in an industrial setting. Some of the most common ways include fires or explosions, incidents involving machinery, stress or exertion, or accidents with vehicles.
- Office place accidents. Office workers can also sustain injuries. Although the environment is not usually dominated by dangerous machinery, there are a number of ways people are injured in offices every year. A few examples of these include slip and fall, repetitive stress or strain, or falling items.
- General outdoor maintenance accidents. On top of agriculture and forestry, other types of outdoor work like gardening, landscaping, utility maintenance, dock managers, and more often see workplace injuries.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
If you suffered an injury in your workplace, contact the Seattle personal injury lawyers at Elk & Elk. By reaching out to a Seattle workplace accident attorney at Elk & Elk, you will have an advocate ready to stand by your side. Hundreds of people have trusted our firm with their claims and have successfully been able to financially manage what has happened to them after their accident. You can reach out to our firm by calling 1-844-ELK-WEST (1-844-355-9378) or by clicking here to redirect to an online contact form. You will be put in contact with one of our representatives who will help you take your first step toward recovery.