Posted by on Jun 27, 2017 in Injuries at Work, Personal Injury | 0 comments

At work, you already have a lot in your mind, so the last thing you want are accidents. First, accidents disrupt the productivity in the workplace. Second, they may cause injury and its associated financial burdens. It’s a lose-lose situation for both employer and employee.

It can be said too that employers have the responsibility of ensuring the safety of the workplace. For example, according to the website of the Abel Law Firm, those who have been hurt in fire accidents caused by negligent parties, such as employers, may have legal options.

Fire is a particularly dangerous risk in the workplace, because the workplace has various elements that can cause fires, such as the following:

  • Appliances, especially those that involve fire and heat, such as coffeemakers and microwaves
  • Combustible materials, such as piles of papers and folders, especially when near fire and heat sources
  • Equipment, such as desktops, laptops, and printers, especially when overused or overheating
  • Wiring systems, such as extension cords and outlets, especially when overloaded

Property damage at least has relatively easier solutions, mostly of the monetary kind. But what about injuries? They are not always solved by money alone. There are instances where the injuries are severe enough to seriously affect the victims’ lives, either temporarily or permanently. Below are just some of the problems victims may encounter:

  • Burn injuries, not just affecting the skin, but also the inner tissues, nerves, and bones. The worst burn injuries may even require amputation.
  • Brain and lung problems caused by asphyxiation, smoke inhalation, and the like. The worst brain and lung problems involve compromised cognitive abilities and partial loss of motor and sensory functions.
  • Negative psychological effects, such as post-traumatic stress disorder. Victims may reexperience the traumatic event of the office fire, particularly in the form of flashbacks and nightmares.

It is a good thing that, according to the website of the Houston personal injury attorneys at Williams Kherkher, those who have been injured because of negligent parties may have legal options. So, it is not just about fires, but accidents caused by negligence as a whole.

However, it can also be said that both the employer and the employee should make the effort in maintaining workplace safety. It is just that the employer should take the bigger responsibility.

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