We Protect El Paso and New Mexico Workers Who Have Experienced a Serious Cut as a Result of Workplace Accident
On an annual basis, approximately 30 percent of workplace injuries involve laceration, abrasions, scratches, and serious cuts. If you’ve recently become part of this statistic, there are legal ramifications for your pain and suffering. At the Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr., P.C., we work to defend workers who have become injured on the job with serious cuts and open wounds. Seeking medical attention is important for your health and without a fair compensation, you will face costly medical bills. Allow us to help you win the settlement you deserve.
Industries With Highest Reported Severe Cuts
Essentially, no one industry is safe from accidents involving serious cuts. However, industries that deal more heavily with blades, saws, power tools, or heavy machinery, tend to have a higher rate of reported accidents involving severe cuts. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 10 percent of cuts and lacerations take place in the poultry processing industry.
Other industries include:
Common causes of injuries:
- Broken glass
- Mishandling of knives
- Falling objects
- Vehicle accidents
- Improper maintenance
- Defective saw blades
Types of Open Wounds
Deep cuts typically penetrate the layers of skin that lead to damage to the muscles and tendons. Depending on the severity, many of these cuts or punctures require immediate surgery. The four most common types of open wounds include:
- Abrasion: An abrasion may involve a rash that occurs when the skin scrapes against a rough surface.
- Avulsion: An avulsion is a complete or partial tearing of the skin and the tissue beneath it. They typically occur in violent accidents.
- Laceration: A laceration tears the skin and cuts deep. Knives, sharp objects, or machinery are often the cause of lacerations.
- Puncture: Needles, nails, or objects with pointed edges may cause punctures. A puncture is a small hole that cuts the skin. Even if bleeding is minor, the wound can damage the internal organs.
Why Reporting Work-Related Cuts is Important
The concern regarding severe cuts and punctures is that they lead to high levels of contamination. A deep cut has a higher risk of infection. Signs to watch out for include discoloration, swelling, pus, and fever. Receiving medical attention immediately following the accident is exceedingly crucial as infections may be fatal.
Report your injury right away to your employer. You will ultimately need medical care and are entitled to receive assistance to pay for those medical fees. Hospitalization, surgery, emergency room care, and physical rehabilitation are extremely expensive. You and your family should not have to worry about who will cover these bills. By filing a workers’ comp claim, you can also help secure your compensation for time lost at work as a result of your injury.
Contact the Law Office of Javier Martinez, Jr., P.C. Today
No matter the severity of your cut, our law firm can assist you with securing the compensation you need to receive proper medical attention and compensation for your pain and suffering. Attorney at law Javier Martinez, Jr., P.C. fights to protect workers in El Paso and within the state of New Mexico. Please connect with our office today to begin taking steps toward protecting your health and financial security.