While outreach, education, and training can help make any workplace safer, accidents still happen, and workers are often injured as a result. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 5,147 workers were killed on the job in a single recent year – an average of 14 per day. Millions more suffered injuries ranging from mild to catastrophic.
Employers are responsible for maintaining a safe workplace. When they fail to do so, people can get hurt.
Some of the most commonly reported workplace injuries include:
- Falling from heights – If a worker is required to be up high, such as on a roof, ladder, or stairway, they may be susceptible to falls. These can result in extremely serious, sometimes fatal injuries. Proper procedures and safety equipment can reduce the risk of fall accidents.
- Overexertion – Workers who are required to lift, pull, push, carry, or throw heavy items at work are susceptible to serious muscle strain injuries. These commonly affect the neck and back, and can be extremely expensive to treat.
- Vehicle accidents – Many people drive for work, such as truckers, bus drivers, delivery drivers, and salespeople. Spending all day out on the road naturally puts these workers at greater risk of getting into a collision, some of which can be fatal.
- Machine entanglement – In factories and other workplaces where heavy equipment is used, hair, clothing, and even body parts can get tangled in the machinery, causing severe, sometimes fatal injuries. Using protective equipment and proper training for operating machinery is vital to staying safe.
- Toxic fumes – Some workers are exposed to toxic fumes on a daily basis, which can lead to skin, eye, and breathing problems, as well as chronic illnesses. Employers should provide their employees with protective gear such as goggles and face masks to prevent these problems.
- Falling objects – Items falling from heights and striking employees below are especially common on construction sites. These accidents can cause serious injuries such as head injuries. Wearing protective equipment and securing objects can help prevent these accidents.
- Cuts and lacerations – These injuries can occur for a wide variety of reasons in a wide variety of workplaces. Anything from office scissors to paper cutters to power saws can leave users with serious cuts. Providing protective gear and training employees in how to use equipment can reduce the likelihood of these injuries.
- Slip and falls – Slip and falls are possible in every workplace. Anytime a hazard such as a spill, uneven flooring, debris in a walkway, open drawer, or more is left unattended, employees are liable to lose their footing and fall. Slip and falls can result in serious injuries, including back, neck, and head injuries, and are often fatal. Employers should have procedures in place to monitor for hazards and promptly repair them in order to prevent these accidents.
- Repetitive motion injuries – These injuries are common among workers who have to perform the same task over and over, such as office workers who type all day or factory workers who repeatedly perform the same movements to operate a machine. Common injuries of this sort include carpal tunnel syndrome, vision problems, back, neck, shoulders, forearm, elbow, and wrist problems.
- Loud noise – Workers often suffer permanent, even disabling damage to their hearing if they work in a consistently loud environment or are exposed to a particularly loud noise. Employers should provide ear protection to employees working in potentially noisy environments.
- Walking-into injuries – If employees fail to watch where they are going, they can easily walk into walls, doors, corners, tables, and other objects left in their path. These accidents can result in serious injuries to the feet, head, knees, and neck.
- Workplace violence – Fights in the workplace are not rare occurrences. These can be the result of office politics, ongoing employee disputes, or even random arguments. Having effective strategies for resolving workplace disputes and monitoring for suspicious behavior can help to prevent these incidents.
If you have been injured in any of these or another incident at your workplace, you will likely be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. In Georgia, any employer with three or more full-time, part time, or even seasonal employees must carry worker’s compensation insurance.
Your employer’s policy should pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning potential, and other direct costs associated with your accident. It does not matter who was at fault for the accident, as long as the accident occurred at work or while performing work duties, you should be eligible for benefits.
However, getting compensation from your employer or their insurer is not always as easy as it should be. The insurance company will often do everything they can to pay you as little money as possible. They might send you to a company doctor who under-diagnoses your injuries and prescribes less treatment than you need. The company’s representatives may even try to claim that your injuries were not incurred at work, and therefore do not need to be compensated. A single mistake in paperwork could result in your claim being delayed for long periods or denied outright.
In order to pursue the full amount of workers’ compensation you deserve, you should enlist the help of an experienced Norcross personal injury attorney. A lawyer can help you gather the documentation necessary to prove your injury is serious and work-related. They can help you fill out and file all the necessary paperwork to prevent mistakes and delays.
If your claim is delayed, denied, or if the insurer tries to get you to settle by offering a lowball offer, your lawyer can handle your appeal and negotiate with insurance to seek the full amount of money that you need.
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If you have suffered from an injury in the workplace in Atlanta, the Norcross workers’ compensation attorneys from Adamson & Cleveland, LLC are ready to assist you. We have been fighting for the rights of accident victims across Georgia since 1994. In that time, we have recovered over $47 million for our clients.
Whether your workers’ compensation claim has already been denied or you are just getting started in the claims process, we are ready to help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you during a free consultation.
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