Workplace Accidents Can Be Costly

By Peter DePaolis

A train operator was relieved of his job duties after an investigation into a train colliding into a parked train and injuring three workers. The train operator was found not complying with standard operating procedures. The crash injured the train operator as well as two rail car cleaners who were cleaning the parked train. The employees suffered injuries including bumps, bruises and cuts.

Facts about Workplace Accidents

Workplace injuries cost businesses billions of dollars in recovery expenses. A helpful Washington, D.C. workers comp attorney can assist victims who are injured while working. Some types of damages due to workplace accidents include.

  • Wage and Productivity Loss – Time and income lost due to an accident
  • Medical Costs – Bills incurred from surgery, medical equipment and devices, ambulance fees, and other costs.
  • Administrative Costs – Expenses from filling out paperwork.
  • Fire and Vehicle Damages – Covers and repairs any damage to building or equipment during an accident.

Cost of Workplace Injury

Workplace injuries cannot only affect a business establishment, but it can also affect countless lives of others. Human, social, economical and organizational costs also play a major role in workplace costs. A Washington D.C. workers comp lawyer can explain more about how these aspects play their roles in workplace injury cases. These costs can affect the organization or an individual by two ways. Direct costs that affect individuals and organizations include payment for lost income, medical costs, rehabilitation damage and property damage. Organizations suffer indirect costs including loss of skill set, time lost from work, cost of investigation reports and other costs.

In addition, there could also be added costs for businesses. An experienced Washington, D.C. workers comp attorney can explain now negligence can play a major part in workplace costs. A business found to be negligent of not responding to compliance issues or violating workplace safety regulations. These costs can add upwards of millions of dollars in compensation and legal representation expenses in potential lawsuits. An experienced Washington D.C. workers comp lawyer will fight for your rights and compensation to be restored.

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.