Injuries Caused by Broken Glass
Broken glass is a clear and present danger in the workplace as workers can easily stumble upon it unwittingly and sustain serious injuries, requiring costly medical treatment to address the damage. Perhaps even more important is that injuries to the feet and hands can limit a worker’s ability to perform their job duties, leading to time away from work while they recover and a corresponding loss of income.
The workers’ compensation system is in place to provide benefits to workers who are injured in the course of their employment, helping to offset the financial burdens created by medical expenses for treatment and recovery. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be difficult to effectively demonstrate that your injury qualifies for workers’ compensation, and it may be necessary to employ the services of a skilled legal professional.
Kinds of Injuries
Some types of safety glass are designed to shatter into small pieces without leaving large jagged shards, but even small pieces of glass can cause serious injury. The following may be associated with broken glass in the workplace:
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Infections associated with these wounds
- Tissue and nerve damage, particularly when glass becomes embedded in a worker’s body
- Disfiguring scars
- Damage connective tissue or muscles
Many cuts are minor and may be remedied with a few stitches and a bandage. However, when the consequences are more serious, an injured worker may be faced with a variety of potential concerns and should ensure they are aware of their legal rights under workers’ compensation.
If you are in need of benefits following a broken glass injury sustained at your place of employment, the experienced and dedicated Des Moines workers’ compensation lawyers at LaMarca Law Group, P.C., will work tirelessly to help ensure that your rights are protected and needs are met. Contact us at 877-327-2600 for a free consultation to discuss the details of your case.