Over the course of the year, there are 1.6 million missed days of work because employees get into auto accidents.  Traffic crashes cost employers in excess of $47 billion every single year. Car accidents are a leading cause of on-the-job injury, and not just for delivery people, taxi drivers, and truck drivers. atlanta workplace car accidents

People in lots of different professions have to be in their cars as part of their work, whether they are picking up office supplies or running errands for their boss or traveling to client meetings. Whenever one of these people get hurt on-the-job, they can make a work injury claim with the help of an Atlanta workers’ comp lawyer.

Employers who want to avoid lost productivity, missed time from work, and other consequences of car accidents should do everything they can to try to prevent on-the-job accidents. Participating in Drive Safely Work Week is one of the things that they can do.

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After a death on-the-job, families of employees should get workers’ comp death benefits. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help in making a death benefits claim so family members aren’t left with financial struggles when a breadwinner is no longer there to bring in income. Atlanta workplace fatalities

There are also questions about what else should happen after a workplace fatality. For example, recently, an article was published recently in which a University of Maryland law professor argued that executives and companies should sometimes face criminal punishment for a workplace fatality. While this currently happens on very limited occasions, if more prosecutions happened it is possible that more fatalities could be prevented.

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In Atlanta, workers who get hurt on-the-job should get workers’ compensation benefits. Injured employees deserve these benefits because they should not have to cover losses that happen due to illness or injury resulting from their job tasks. Atlanta workers' compensation lawyer

Unfortunately, sometimes employees are denied benefits that they should have. This can happen for lots of different reasons, from insurers claiming certain medical treatments are not necessary to a claim that an injury or illness doesn’t actually count as a work-related one.

Regardless of why injury claims are denied, it is devastating for employees when they are. Workers’ comp may be your only option to get benefits or any compensation at all from an employer since you aren’t allowed to sue employers for work-related injuries. Since you may have no other way to get medical bills or other costs paid, it is important to get help from an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer during the appeals process.

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If your family member has been killed at work, it is natural to be devastated by the loss. A workplace death is one of the most tragic losses a person can experience, especially because workplace fatalities are so often preventable.  Unfortunately, workplace deaths do happen, and families have to deal with the aftermath. Atlanta workers' compensation death benefits

When a death occurs on-the-job, it is important for family members to understand what their rights and options are. Workers’ compensation death benefits may be available, as long as you can prove that the death was work-related.

Death benefits can be available after a death due to illness or injury, and an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide you with assistance in making your benefits claim.

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With an increase in the maximum fines that Occupational Safety and Health Administration can assess after a work injury, the hope is that more employers will be inclined to follow workplace safety rules. Unfortunately, many employers may not worry about the fines because it is so common for OSHA to reduce the penalties which are imposed. Safety News Alert reported on this issue recently, indicating that many safety experts and worker advocates believe that OSHA reduces fines far too frequently, even in situations where a safety violation results in the loss of a worker’s life. Atlanta work accident

When an employee is hurt or killed on-the-job, the employee needs to know what options he or she has for pursuing a work injury claim. Benefits are available after workplace illnesses, injuries, and deaths  and the benefits available through workers’ comp may be an employee’s only option for getting costs covered following an injury. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide assistance in securing these benefits, so at least employees won’t face financial loss, even if their employers have limited accountability.

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The work that you do, and the things which you are exposed to at work, can have an impact on your health. Unfortunately, that impact is not a positive one for many workers. Safety BLR reported recently on a survey of more than 1,600 workers who were asked about how their jobs affected their overall health. The results of the study were not good in terms of employee opinion about what their jobs were doing to their bodies. atlanta work illness

In some situations when work impacts your health, you can be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. For example, if toxic exposure makes you sick or if you suffer an overexertion or repetitive stress injury from repeated stress on your body, you should be compensated for what has happened to you.

An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide you with help in taking action when your work makes you sick or hurt.  If you believe work conditions are jeopardizing your health, you can also speak up and let your employer and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) know about the issues.

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Recently, workers were put at serious risk of illness as a result of inhaling mercury vapor. Safety News Alert reported on the troubling circumstances which led to the exposure of the employees, who were doing work removing chemicals at a Superfund site.   The employer of the exposed workers, an environmental remediation contractor, is facing a substantial fine for exposing workers to the hazards. atlanta workplace illness

When an employee is exposed to unhealthy chemicals at work, this exposure can cause serious illness and can sometimes be fatal. Workers who get sick because of on-the-job exposure should be entitled to compensation for medical expenditures, as well as to other workplace injury benefits. An Atlanta workplace illness lawyer can provide help in securing benefits, which can sometimes be difficult because work illnesses don’t always develop immediately and so it can be hard to prove the link between the job and the harm.

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Fines for certain workplace safety violations have now increased for the first time since 1990. The increase in fines went into effect on August 1, 2016 and it was a substantial increase. The hope is these higher fines will act as a better deterrent to convince employers to follow Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) guidelines aimed at preventing workplace injuries.  Unfortunately, even with the higher fines, problems remain. OSHA is still understaffed, inspections are still rare, and employers may still fail to follow the rules. Atlanta workers' comp OSHA fines

When an employer violates OSHA, the chances of a work accident increase significantly. However, worksite accidents can happen even under the best of circumstances when things simply go wrong. Whenever a workplace accident happens, regardless of whether an employer was or wasn’t following OSHA guidelines, employees should be entitled to get medical bills covered and to receive other work injury benefits. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide guidance and assistance to workers who have been harmed and to family members of workers killed on-the-job.

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Injured workers rely on workers’ compensation benefits to cover their costs and losses. In most cases, lawsuits aren’t possible after work-related injuries. Instead, victims get their compensation through an insurance claim made with their employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. The law determines the benefits that workers get through workers’ compensation, including ongoing disability benefits if their injuries have affected their work ability.  An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can help injured employees to get these benefits, which they need to support themselves if their injuries affected their ongoing ability to earn a living. Atlanta workers' compensation benefits

Unfortunately, troubling new evidence suggests that not all workers are necessarily being treated equally under the workers’ compensation system. The New Yorker recently published an article indicating that women may be discriminated against in the workers’ compensation system on the basis of their gender. If this is true, this is bad news for female workers who could get hurt and end up not getting as much compensation as they truly deserve based on the extent of their workplace injuries.

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When workers believe their employer cares about safety, this can make a big impact in how employees treat all workplace safety issues that arise. Companies that hire staff have an obligation to create a culture of safety in order to help save lives. This means providing the right protective gear, emphasizing the importance of avoiding injury, and providing appropriate staff training. Atlanta workplace safety

Unfortunately, far too many employers don’t think the companies they work for care enough about keeping them safe on a daily basis. If companies don’t care about their workers, this is likely to create substantial problems in the future.

Employers should invest in helping to facilitate the creation of the safest worksite possible. Employers will benefit from providing their workers with a safe environment since they can keep morale up, reduce turnover, reduce injury rates, and avoid Atlanta workers’ compensation claims and OSHA fines. If employers change the way they approach safety issues, staff should notice and both safety and employer/employee relations should improve.