What to Do When Mother Nature Fights Back With Landscaping Injuries
Trimming trees, mowing grass, cleaning gutters, and other seemingly innocuous chores can be anything but safe. Wet lawns, shifting gravel, unstable ladders, and other factors can cause you to lose your footing. When it comes to slips, trips, and falls in the workplace, landscaping is one of the most hazardous jobs in the country. When Mother Nature's beauty turns to wrath, broken bones, amputations, burns, and deep lacerations can all too easily occur.
Landscaping Injuries Sustained on the Job
If the injury is caused by an employer's negligence, workers can pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, emotional trauma, and long-term loss of mobility and earning capacity. Examples of an employer's negligence resulting in a slip, trip, or fall while landscaping include:
- Failing to provide adequate safety gear
- Failing to maintain safety gear
- Failing to maintain ladders
- Failing to provide sufficient training
- Failing to provide appropriate tools for required tasks
- Failing to properly monitor workplace conditions
- Refusing to halt work when inclement weather appears
Often, slips, trips, and falls while landscaping are caused by a combination of these negligent acts. The consequences can be devastating. Power tools can amputate fingers, toes, and limbs. Sharp objects can penetrate soft tissue; they can also cause blindness and a pathway for infection. Of course, falls can cause broken bones, concussions, and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI).
Environmental Hazards on the Job
There are also other injuries that landscaping professionals can suffer. These include lung damage from toxic chemical exposure, strains caused by overexertion, electrocution, and more. In some instances, slips, trips, and falls can be exacerbated by these additional factors. If there are multiple injuries, the recovery period can be considerably lengthened depending on the individual's age and overall health.
Landscapers who suffer work-related injuries can pursue compensation to help them heal and recover the wages lost following an injury causing a slip, trip, or fall in the workplace. Thorough documentation of the injury can help and should include a pain diary, medical diary, receipts, and financial records that establish how much was spent, how much was lost, and how much the injured party is entitled to receive. Whenever possible, injured landscaping professionals should start compiling their records starting on the date of their injury.
We encourage you to contact Welmaker Injury Law at (726) 666-6666 to speak with our legal team about your slip, trip, or fall in the workplace. We are happy to help give you the guidance you need to get back on your feet.