While OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) has helped to decrease the number of work-related accidents that occur, the fact is, employees are still sustaining injuries while on the job and others are dying because of the hazardous situations they are being put in.
Two employees in Eugene, Oregon died within the same week from a work-related accident
Back in January 2016, The Register Guard highlighted two incidents that occurred in different work environments that led to the death of the employees involved in the accident. The first occurred at Western Panel Manufacturing Inc. which is an architectural paneling and furniture plywood business located on Cross Street. According to the news report, the employee whose name was left unanimous, was crushed to death. Apparently, some equipment or machinery was involved, however, that too was not identified.
Donovan Frederick Farrald, 37, was the victim of the second accident that occurred within the same week as the one mentioned above. Farrald was a truck driver who was “trying to put a skid-steer loader onto a flatbed trailer outside the Walmart store on West 11th Avenue.” A witness reported that Farrald was crushed by the forklift he was using, however, OSHA has deemed his death as unknown.
Here’s what you can do if you were severely injured while on the job
Sometimes work-related accidents are caused by employees who didn’t receive sufficient training or simply weren’t paying attention to what they were doing. But, based on Oregon’s state laws, anyone who sustains an injury while on the job is entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim. There are some exceptions to this law and our accident lawyers in Eugene, Oregon would happy to review those exceptions with you.
Not sure what your rights are as an injured worker in Eugene, OR? Below is an explanation of some rights you have as an injured employee.
- You have the right to seek medical treatment.
- You can return to work if you are released for work by your doctor.
- In the event your injury has resulted in a partial or total disability, you can collect disability pay.
- You also have the right to hire an accident attorney in Eugene to assist you with your case.
While you should be aware of your rights, you also want to be cognizant of your responsibilities.
According to Oregon’s Workers’ Compensation Division, as an injured employee, it is your responsibility to remember to:
- Read all notices and letters received regarding your claim.
- Be mindful of all appointments, time limits, and dates.
- Try and avoid missing deadlines where action needs to be taken. You could lose your workers’ comp benefits if you neglect to take required action.
- Keep all copies of letters you send out and receive.
- Try and keep all medical appointments.
- When your doctor releases you for work, notify your employer immediately.
Workers’ compensation claims can sometimes require the help and assistance our Eugene accident attorneys offer, especially when you suffered a serious or debilitating injury or you lost a loved one in a work-related accident.
Give us a call today so an agent of ours can help you.