An accident can occur in any work environment. Even in a white collar environment, such as an office, there are unexpected occurrences that can result in an employee injury. However, some environments, such as construction sites and mills, generally have more hazards than, say, offices or retail stores. Accidents tend to occur more frequently in these types of environments and when they do, the results can be devastating.
Being injured on the job can have many life-altering effects for Arizona residents. All of a sudden, an employee may no longer be able to perform his or her daily duties. He or she may also be required to have a prolonged stay in a hospital, and may have to repeatedly return to a healthcare center for follow-up visits. These visits can result in hefty medical expenses and victims may be left wondering how they will be able to cover these many costs. Thankfully, workers' compensation is often an option available to injured workers.
A workplace accident can happen out of nowhere. An Arizona resident may be going about his or her normal routine, completing the daily tasks that are required, when all of a sudden an accident occurs. While the accident may only take a second to happen, the results can be long lasting. A worker may require years of medical care and lost wages in order to recover. These years of recovery can have a hefty financial toll, and victims may not know where to turn.
Arizona residents are likely aware of the fact that work environments can be dangerous. Even with the many Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA) regulations and safety requirements that employers are expected to abide by, work environments still often contain many hazards and dangers. Sometimes, the danger of a work environment inevitably results in an injury. Such a workplace accident can have devastating results. When a worker or a loved one is involved in such an accident, victims and their families have rights.
There are many ways in which an Arizona resident can become exposed to a safety hazard at work. Some jobs require the handling of toxic materials, while other workplace environments may contain hazardous materials that may be unknown to workers until they fall ill. Sometimes, too, the presence of some type of health risk may worsen a preexisting condition, making it challenging for the victim to identify the cause of their worsening condition. If it can be proven that the presence of a health hazard resulted in medical problems or the worsening of a health condition, victims may be eligible for workers' compensation.