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Helping Injured Utility Workers in Omaha Get the Money You Need

In the world of utility work, safety is paramount to protect the skilled professionals who dedicate their lives to keeping our services running smoothly. The Omaha Public Power District and the Municipal Utilities District (MUD) employ utility workers in Omaha. From electricians to line workers, utility workers face inherent risks on the job. Accidents may occur due to negligence, inadequate safety protocols, or faulty equipment, leading to severe injuries.

If you were injured on the job, call an Omaha construction accident lawyer at Bottlinger Law L.L.C. We've been helping people for over 15 years. We'll represent you throughout the Workers' Compensation process, and we can also seek additional damages from negligent third parties.

Jason Bottlinger is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and he was named a Top 100 Lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers. Our law firm has a perfect A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau.

Schedule a free consultation today by calling (402) 505-8234.

What Type of Jobs Do Utility Workers Do?

Utility workers engage in a variety of tasks that are essential to the functioning of modern society. Their day-to-day activities include inspecting equipment for potential hazards, repairing damaged components, and conducting routine maintenance to prevent service disruptions. They may climb poles or descend into manholes to access and repair underground lines. Risk assessments are a regular part of their duties, as is coordinating with other team members to ensure a safe working environment.

Electricians and line workers play critical roles in ensuring that our homes and businesses stay connected to essential services. Electricians are responsible for installing and maintaining the wiring and control equipment through which electricity flows. They also troubleshoot electrical issues and ensure systems are up to code. Line workers are tasked with the construction and maintenance of the power grid. They repair overhead lines and transformers and are often the first responders when an outage occurs.

Common Injuries Suffered by Utility Workers

Utility worker accidents are a harsh reality of the industry, often leading to severe or even fatal injuries. Accidents can result from contact with energized lines or equipment failure, particularly when maintenance has been neglected, or safety protocols have not been rigorously followed. Inclement weather, such as high winds or storms, further exacerbates the risks, as does working in confined spaces with limited mobility.

Acknowledging these realities is the first step in addressing the factors contributing to accidents and enhancing the protective measures that keep utility workers safe. Utility workers suffer several types of serious injuries:

What Causes Utility Worker Injuries?

The right equipment is essential for the protection of utility workers. High-quality, reliable gear, such as helmets, gloves, and insulated tools, can be the difference between a safe work environment and a hazardous one. Proper equipment not only shields workers from the immediate dangers of electrical shocks, falls, and other occupational hazards but also helps prevent long-term injuries, such as those resulting from repetitive motions.

It's not enough to provide the equipment; employers must also ensure that it is well maintained and that workers are trained in its correct use. Regular inspections and equipment updates are crucial in keeping pace with safety standards and technological advancements. Investing in the proper equipment underscores a company's commitment to its workforce.

Types of negligence that contribute to utility worker injuries include:

  • Failure to follow OSHA regulations
  • Inadequate safety protocols
  • Lack of safety training
  • Inadequate safety equipment
  • Reckless driving
  • Unsafe working conditions

Our Omaha Firm Will Represent You Throughout the Workers' Comp Process

Filing an injury claim in Nebraska follows a specific process with tight deadlines. The initial step is to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. Following the report, a formal claim must be filed with the Nebraska Workers' Compensation Court. This involves submitting detailed documentation about the injury and any related expenses.

There are statutory limits on when you can file a claim, known as the statute of limitations. Missing these critical deadlines can jeopardize your ability to receive compensation. It's crucial to understand and adhere to these timelines to protect your rights and ensure that your claim is considered valid by the court.

Bottlinger Law L.L.C. will ensure all your Workers' Comp paperwork is submitted correctly and on time. We will assist you throughout the Worker's Comp process. If your claim is denied, we will represent you during the appeals process to help get the decision overturned.

Additional Compensation for Third-Party Liability

Third-party liability becomes relevant when someone other than the employer is responsible for a utility worker's injury. In Nebraska, if an external party's negligence contributes to an accident, the injured worker may have the right to file a third-party liability claim in addition to receiving workers' comp benefits. This may include manufacturers of faulty equipment, drivers in vehicle-related incidents, or contractors who have compromised safety on a work site.

Successful third-party claims can result in compensation for pain and suffering, full lost wages, and other damages not covered by workers' comp. Third-party claims are separate from the workers' comp system and are handled through civil litigation. These claims can be more complex and require proving fault. That's why legal guidance is often necessary to navigate the process effectively and secure the full compensation you deserve.

Compensation for utility worker injuries caused by a negligent third party may include:

  • Medical compensation covers necessary medical treatments, surgeries, and rehabilitation costs.
  • Lost wages depend on time missed from work and the injury's impact on the worker's ability to perform their job.
  • Occupational rehabilitation may be offered to help the injured worker learn new skills if they are unable to return to their previous position.
  • Pain and suffering damages may be available if an injury has long-term consequences.

Were You Injured on the Job in Omaha?

At Bottlinger Law L.L.C., our our Omaha personal injury attorney will fight for the money you're entitled to receive, and we'll explore every opportunity to pursue compensation.

Call (402) 505-8234 to schedule your free consultation today.

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