Fatal workplace accidents can leave behind several challenges for surviving family members. In addition to losing a loved one, there is a loss of income, insurance issues, estate problems, and possible legal claims. If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal workplace accident, understand that you don’t have to face these issues alone. Florida workplace accident attorney David Fuchs can help you pick up the pieces, and will fight for the compensation you deserve.
According to a study released earlier this year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there were 299 fatal workplace accidents in the state of Florida in 2017. While this is a decrease from the 309 reported in 2016, many of these accidents could have been prevented. A closer look at the report reveals some interesting facts, including the leading causes of such incidents:
According to the most recent statistics from the BLS, transportation accidents were the leading cause of fatal workplace injuries in the state of Florida in 2017. While this may be obvious for truckers, cab drivers, and other people in the transportation industry, accidents can happen in almost any line of work. For example, just about anyone can get into a motor vehicle accident while doing the following:
However, transportation accidents include more than just car accidents. They also include when a worker is struck by a vehicle, which could be a work or private car.
The second most common source of fatal workplace accidents involves slips, trips, and falls. These can be due to the following:
A trip, slip, or fall can result in death or serious injuries, including broken bones, torn ligaments and tendons, concussions, and spinal injuries.
According to the BLS, another leading cause of fatal workplace accidents in 2017 was toxic substances and environmental hazards. These injuries can be caused by the following:
Toxic substances can lead to sudden injury, but prolonged exposure can also lead to serious illnesses that result in death. You should also be aware that certain environmental hazards can also lead to illnesses and death, including:
Workplace violence is an often-overlooked source of workplace injuries. This can include violence among co-workers, and is also prevalent among those who deal with the public at large. Health care workers are especially at risk.
The following steps can help prevent fatal workplace accidents:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident in the Fort Lauderdale area, you need someone on your side to make sure you get the compensation you deserve. The Law Offices of David I. Fuchs is here to help you understand your options and work through the process so that you can move on with your life.