Depending on where you live, industrial manufacturing may be a completely strange concept or it might be the lifeblood of your local community. In the south Texas area, manufacturing and industrial production employ many, many people. Whereas in different parts of the country, perhaps tourism or the service industry is a bigger employer.

However, unless you handcraft everything you own, your household, your car, and your belongings can all be traced back to a manufacturer at some point. That means that the livelihood and safety of the industry’s workers should be important to everyone, even beyond basic human compassion. If the industry is not safe, or if workers are constantly injured, this could also affect your life, too.

Unfortunately, the manufacturing industry and other related businesses related to all types of production are not always safe. In fact, the Beaumont personal injury law firm, Portner Bond, PLLC has testimonials and stories of countless workers injured on the job. The injuries could result from unsafe working conditions, negligent actions on behalf of supervisors or safety professionals, or improper instructions from instructors. And, of course, workers could always be responsible for becoming injured.

But in most cases, workers are injured as a result of a combination of multiple factors. The job of a workplace personal injury lawyer, though, is to advocate for their client and fight for compensation and coverage after the injury. Advocating for their clients is tough work, requiring the lawyer to sort through documents and records to determine liability. Some of the information that a personal injury lawyer must work through includes:

  • Medical records for surgeries, treatments, prescriptions, and more
  • Workplace records including safety manuals, training, and operation policies
  • Police reports or ambulance records filed in response to an accident
  • Correspondence between their client and different insurance companies

The last segment of an industrial workplace accident is perhaps the hardest. Insurance companies have one motive beyond any other desire: to profit as much as possible. As a result, insurance companies are entirely willing to undercut compensation offers. The injured could be left unable to pay medical bills for an injury for which they are not responsible!

Even worse, many insurance companies get away with this because they are perceived as too powerful for just one person to fight. And if the injured person does not have a lawyer experienced with negotiating against powerful interests, then the perception of powerlessness is basically correct.

However, there are industry workplace personal injury law firms that have prolific experience in working against greed and injustice. If you have been injured as a manufacturing or industrial employee, I would strongly advise against advocating on your own. Hire a lawyer with experience and receive the compensation for injuries and lost wages that you deserve!

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Whether you have three children and a mortgage, or rent for your one bedroom apartment to worry about, it always seems like you are making ends meat. Can you imagine getting hurt and not being able to work?

There are safety nets through worker compensation that are extremely useful when necessary, but avoiding an injury makes for a lot less stress. Here’s how you can keep yourself injury free in the workplace.

Make sure you are getting seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Yes, this has been reiterated to you countless times throughout your life, but that’s because it is just that important. In regards to workplace safety specifically, 18% of all workplace injuries are due solely to overtired employees. Lack of sleep can have the same effects as drinking alcohol, such as slow reaction times and impaired judgment, so put sufficient amount of sleep on the same level of importance as not having a beer for breakfast.

Don’t do heavy lifting if you don’t have to. It is easy to assume a box of files cannot do any damage, but excessive lifting is one of the leading causes of injury in the workplace. Your office most likely has carts, or at least someone that goes to the gym more often than you, so utilize your resources. If you must do heavy lifting, make sure it is no more than 50 pounds and that you keep the object and your elbows close to your body.

If there are certain pieces of machinery that you are not sure how to use, or that you think might be hazardous even when used properly, let your boss know immediately. It is important to not only keep yourself safe, but also your fellow co-workers.

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