More than 62,000 employees get hurt on the job in Arizona every year, with nearly 3,000 of those incidents resulting in a fatality. Sadly, that rate is only slightly better than the national average. If you have suffered an injury as the result of an unsafe workplace, get help from a personal injury attorney in Phoenix today.
Most workplace injuries are covered under Arizona’s workers’ compensation law. However, the law stipulates that “if an employee has rejected workers’ compensation coverage prior to their injury or if the employer fails to post the notice advising an employee of the right to reject workers’ compensation, then the employee retains the right to pursue a civil lawsuit against the insured employer. Additionally, if an employee is injured through the ‘willful misconduct’ of the employer or a co-worker, then the injured worker has the right to file a civil lawsuit against the employer and the co-worker who injured them.”
If you have been injured at work because of a co-worker’s misconduct, speak with an experienced Phoenix personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Call Burg Simpson Arizona at 602-777-7000 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form here.
According to an analysis by CareerCast.com, an online career site, the most dangerous jobs in 2016 include:
- Construction workers: This vital role has long been one of the most dangerous professions, and with a projected growth rate of 11 percent, that is not likely to change any time soon, especially in a state such as Arizona, where residential and commercial construction is still booming.
- Corrections officers: These professionals suffer “the most injuries and illnesses in state government,” according to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Emergency medical technicians: These first responders often rush into dangerous situations to help others. It is also a field that is expected to grow more than 25 percent annually.
- Farmers: While this might not be a growing industry, it is still incredibly dangerous because of the heavy equipment and unpredictable livestock.
- Firefighters: Firefighters constantly risk injury from overexertion, while battling smoke inhalation and risking burn injuries.
- Nurse’s aides: These medical professionals are frequently exposed to contagious diseases and toxic substances.
- Police officers: Tasked with ensuring public safety, police officers risk life-or-death situations daily.
- Taxi drivers: While this profession is not as dangerous as it used to be, cab drivers still risk workplace violence in addition to the health hazards associated with extended periods of sitting still.
- Truck drivers: These vital components of American commerce spend their days sitting, lifting heavy objects, and navigating hazardous roadways.
- Veterinarians: Animals are volatile. As a result, these doctors risk injuries from dogs and cats as well horses and other larger livestock.
If you have been injured in the course of simply doing your job, call our Phoenix office at 602-777-7000 and speak with an Arizona injury attorney right away.
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While some professions are significantly more dangerous than others, accidents can happen to anyone, especially if an employer – or someone else on the job – is acting negligently. Contact a Burg Simpson Arizona injury lawyer today by calling 602-777-7000 or by completing a Free Case Evaluation Form.