Category Archives: Construction Accidents

Being Safe On The Job

Throughout our lives we are bound to have at least more than one job at one point or another. Whether it is our job as mowing lawns, waitressing, and eventually working as an adult we are constantly met with responsibilities and expectations of what should be done. In order to receive the income that we expect we have to not only carry out these tasks, and duties that are expected of us, but also must do them with quality and with the satisfaction of the boss in mind. However, sometimes people can easily over look safety in order to meet a deadline, or job, which leads to bigger problems than just time.

Safety In Multiple Aspects

Safety is not a common topic within the workplace for a lot of professions, except where your fire escape location is within your office, or maybe what to do if there is an intruder in the building. However, most job injuries occur the majority of the time due to the lack of safety knowledge by employees. Many people that work in manual, or physical labor are easily likely to sustain serious, and debilitating injuries if not properly instructed on how to handle machinery, devices, or simply the correct way to lift objects.

Making Your Employees and Business Safe

However, safety within in an office environment is an important aspect to come to terms with as well. The majority of Americans work in an office building, or multi-floored building, which can actually cause more problems in the end of things. When you as an employer own a company, or business it is extremely important that you go over well-known safety procedures, as well as safety precautions that are unique within your business or the job you have hired employees for. Some ideas that company, or business owners should consider going over with their employees include, but are not limited to:

  • Proper safety procedures for fires, tornados, earthquakes, and intruders.
  • What is expected with their job, in a safe, and understanding manner.
  • Common issues, or safety hazards that are associated with the job and what to do in order to avoid them.
  • What do when you employee encounters one of the issues, and how to make sure it does not happen again.
  • Additionally, what employees can do in order to help other employees dealing with this issue.

Changes are constantly made within the field of employment, so if you plan on filing a workman’s compensation claim, it would be best to seek professional help. It is important to have someone on your side that knows the law and knows how to make it work for you. Michael R. Lawless, P.A., Attorney at Law specializes in these types of case. He provides a free consultation, including evenings and weekends by appointment, at their offices in Lenexa, Kansas or Grandview, Missouri offices. Call today at 1-800-734-3771, 913-681-5566 or 816-966-0099.

Time Is Of The Essence As Always

The daily life of individuals can only be assumed to be the same for many from the beginning to end. We wake up and begin to get ourselves ready for the day ahead, we go to work or school, eat our lunches or snacks, come home and eat yet again, finish any tasks that need to be done before the next day, and then sleep and repeat the process all over again. However, everyone wants his or her day to run as smoothly as possible with every aspect possible. Especially when it comes to that of their job and employment status.

However, we can only assume that not everything goes according to plan every day and mistakes are bound to happen. When you are on the job and injured for participating in the work that you were assigned to do you are entitled to damages for the injury you have sustained from the incident. Usually, individuals can suffer not only physical pain from this occurrence, but also have to deal with the stress and issue of having medical bills as well as lost wages come into their paths

When you experience an accident on the job it is important to make sure that your case is brought to the immediate attention of all parties that need to be associated with the case such as lawyers, your employer, and any higher administration that is involved with the company or business you are employed for. If your injury and case goes unattended for without high priority and immediately being brought forward to the proper authorities you could easily lose time, money, and effort that could contribute to your case, and being awarded the damages that could be granted when your case.

Injuries are never a variable that anyone takes into consideration when they are moving around from place to place doing their daily tasks, but they are bound to happen in one way or another. Make sure that when you are injured on the job that you file the appropriate paperwork to the parties that are associated with the injury and your employment in a timely manner so that it will ultimately pay off now, and later down the road.

Changes are constantly made within the field of employment, so if you plan on filing a workman’s compensation claim, it would be best to seek professional help. It is important to have someone on your side that knows the law and knows how to make it work for you. Michael R. Lawless, P.A., Attorney at Law specializes in these types of case. He provides a free consultation, including evenings and weekends by appointment, at their offices in Lenexa, Kansas or Grandview, Missouri offices. Call today at 1-800-734-3771, 913-681-5566 or 816-966-0099.

Can You Have an Independent Medical Examination?

If you are hurt on the job, you employer can dictate where you receive treatment. This is done by the employer listing a posted panel of physicians, which means that if your employer provides you a list of doctors that are deemed valid, than these are the doctor’s that the company allows you to visit most times, on the company’s dime, thus dictating your treatment.  It may come as a surprise, but many times the doctor’s that are listed on the panel tend to have the company’s best interest at heart as opposed to yours as the patient. As a patient, the thought of such likely things occurring is not only frightening, but also terrifying.

You may go in to visit one of the approved doctors on the list because you are really hurt and be written off and be sent back to work, and then find yourself in surgery less than a month later. That’s the last thing that you, as a patient and employee, want to happen. Previously, workers were given the right to an independent medical exam. It overall means that an injured employee can ask to be checked out by a doctor that he or she chooses, even if the doctor is not on the list of approved physicians. The visit would still by paid for by the company’s insurance.

The insurance company could overall truly really help your workman’s compensation claim, if it is done effectively. It can be used to fight an unfair claim made by doctors that are on the panel of approved physicians or go against advisement to return to work sooner than is safe for your health. It can also be used to help you receive the proper settlement demand that you deserve. The insurance company will only pay for one independent medical exam. Because of this, it is vital to use the exam wisely, especially if you have more than one injury.

You need to have the injury that is most pressing at the time. If you find yourself in this position, there are a few things that you need to remember. The first is that you only get one independent medical exam, so use it wisely. This could be crucial in your workman’s compensation case. Another thing to keep in mind is that the insurance adjuster is not in the position to tell you when to get your independent medical exam.

Changes are constantly made within the field of employment, so if you plan on filing a workman’s compensation claim, it would be best to seek professional help. It is important to have someone on your side that knows the law and knows how to make it work for you. Michael R. Lawless, P.A., Attorney at Law specializes in these types of case. He provides a free consultation, including evenings and weekends by appointment, at their offices in Lenexa, Kansas or Grandview, Missouri offices. Call today at 1-800-734-3771, 913-681-5566 or 816-966-0099.

Heavy Machinery Major Cause of Serious Construction Accidents in Kansas City

Anyone who has ever worked in the construction trades knows that a construction site is a dangerous work environment that can result in catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death. There are approximately 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year with one in ten construction workers suffering a workplace-related injury.  Construction has long been the most dangerous workplace setting for workers with over 1,200 construction workers suffering fatal accidents in a typical year.  While there are a multitude of dangerous hazards at a typical construction site, dangers posed by heavy machinery are one of the most serious hazards.  Construction workers must deal with dangerous heavy machinery on a daily basis including power tools, bulldozers, cranes, forklifts, and dump trucks.

Because of the danger posed by heavy machinery on a construction site, construction workers must pay extra attention around such equipment.  It is important to make sure that heavy machinery is functioning correctly and kept well maintained.  Industrial work-related injuries rank third amongst the most common types of workplace injuries.  Eighty percent of such accidents result from the use or operation of heavy machinery and equipment.  Not only are construction accidents involving heavy machinery common, but they also tend to result in very severe injuries or even wrongful death because of the size, weight and power of such machinery.

A construction worker who uses heavy equipment can take certain basic precautions to avoid being involved in a serious construction accident including the following:

  • Immediately cease using heavy equipment that is not functioning properly
  • Put management on notice of any heavy equipment that is malfunctioning
  • Always wear safety equipment including a hard hat, goggles, work boots, reflective vests
  • Always avoid walking on areas that have elevated machinery carrying a weighty load without strong and solid support
  • Keep the construction site clear of unauthorized personnel who are unfamiliar with construction workplace hazards

The sheer size of the equipment itself makes a construction workplace more dangerous.  Other factors that often play a role in construction accidents involving heavy equipment and machinery include inadequate company training, co-worker negligence, defectively designed or manufactured machinery, or poorly maintained equipment.  Statistics show that some construction, landscaping, and farm equipment also is more commonly involved in causing injuries resulting from heavy machinery accidents.  Specifically, machinery manufactured by John Deere, Case, Chase Bobcat, Caterpillar, and Volvo has caused catastrophic injuries and fatalities in recent years.

Our Kansas City area personal injury law firm represents workers from a broad spectrum of industries and occupations, including the construction, agriculture (farming) and manufacturing industries whom have been injured by heavy machinery on the job site.  We are prepared to represent you and seek compensation for serious injuries such as third-degree burns, amputations, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and other serious injuries caused by any heavy machinery including cranes, backhoe loaders, dump trucks, excavators, forklifts, front end loaders, pavers and tractors.

If you or someone you love has suffered serious injuries or wrongful death caused by a heavy machinery accident, an experienced heavy machinery attorney can help you and your family obtain the legal compensation that you deserve.

Michael R. Lawless, P.A., Attorney at Law provides a free consultation, including evenings and weekends by appointment, at our Lenexa, Kansas or Grandview, Missouri offices. Our office in Lenexa is off of I-35 from 87th or 95th in Old Town at 93rd and Pflumm. Our Grandview office is conveniently located at the main street exit off of 71 Highway, next to Captain D’s. Call Kansas City personal injury lawyer Michael Lawless today at 1-800-734-3771, 913-681-5566 or 816-966-0099.