The risk of workplace injuries and fatalities at work is still far too high. Unfortunately, because many jobs have inherent risks and many worksites are not as safe as they should be, thousands of workers are killed every single year. Preventing injuries and fatalities should be a top priority, but too many employers don’t do enough. atlanta work injury

All workers are potentially at risk due to unsafe work sites or high-risk activities on-the-job, but certain employees also face an especially significant chance of being hurt or killed while they are trying to earn a living. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help to any employee who has been harmed at work.

A new report from the AFL-CIO, called Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, demonstrates just how serious the risk of work injury is.  The rate of all injuries is remaining steady instead of declining, and there are still millions of injuries occurring and changing the lives of workers though the United States.   Continue Reading

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is holding a Fall Prevention Stand-Down throughout the United States. The Stand-Down will occur between May 8 and May 12, 2017. According to Safety BLR,  OSHA indicates that the event is meant to provide “an opportunity for employers to have a conversation with employees about hazards, protective methods, and the company’s safety policies and goals.”Atlanta workplace falls

Events aimed at raising awareness about workplace falls are very important, because falls remain a leading cause of work injuries– especially in the field of construction. As many as a third of all construction workers who are killed doing their jobs each year die as a result of a fall from a height. More than 200 construction workers lose their lives annually when they fall from a high elevation, and another 10,000 construction workers each year sustain serious injuries in falls.

If you or someone you love is hurt in a fall, you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help in making a claim for work injury benefits or for workers’ comp death benefits if a loved one has been killed by a workplace fall. Continue Reading

Workers in all different industries could be exposed to toxic chemicals and hazardous products as a result of the work that they do on a daily basis.  Whenever a worker is exposed to a hazardous substance, it is important for the affected employee to understand what his or her rights are. Atlanta workplace illness

Exposure to dangerous chemicals or other toxins at work can make a worker very sick. Injury can occur immediately, and exposure can sometimes be fatal. In other cases, an employee exposed to toxins is not actually affected right away but can get sick months or even years in the future.

When an illness develops later in life as a result of toxic exposure at work, the employee who is made sick should be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits, just as the employee who suffers immediate harm due to toxic exposure should receive benefits.

An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer should be consulted if you believe that you got sick as a result of something you were exposed to at work. It can sometimes be challenging to prove an illness was caused by a workplace exposure to a toxin or hazard, especially if illness does not develop for a long time after the exposure. An attorney can provide assistance in finding expert witnesses or other evidence necessary to show an illness is caused by job duties.  Continue Reading

The Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) was passed in 1970 with the goal of establishing minimum standards for safe worksites in order to reduce the risk of on-the-job injuries. Although many new OSHA rules and regulations have passed since the 1970s, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been stymied in some ways when it comes to passing new worker protection rules in the decades since the passage of OSHA.

For example, OSHA has attempted to update permissible exposure limits to adjust allowable levels of exposure to a broad array of substances, but has not been able to make big changes. OSHA has also not updated its penalties as often as some believe it should, although the maximum penalties for certain citations were finally overhauled recently after many years. atlanta work injury protections

To modernize and update OSHA and improve the protections for workers, democrats on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce have reintroduced legislation that the lawmakers believe would improve working conditions and reduce the risk of work injuries. Safety BLR reported on the proposed changes to OSHA found in the legislation, which is similar to past proposals that have been made but which have not been successful.

The future of this new legislation is uncertain, but there are many factors that suggest the proposed bill will be unlikely to pass in this legislative session. If OSHA rules are not strengthened, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will continue to face important limits in what OSHA can do and workers may continue to face unnecessary risks at work.  An Atlanta work injury lawyer should be consulted by any worker who is harmed on the job in order to understand what his rights are. Continue Reading

Suffering a work injury can change your life forever. In some cases, the injuries sustained on-the-job or an illness developed due to your job tasks can be permanent and you may never recover fully from the harm you have endured. In other circumstances, partial recovery is possible or total recovery is possible with the proper medical care and some time off.   Whether you need to take time off, undergo medical treatment, or are never able to return to work, workers’ compensation benefits should be there for you to provide disability income and to pay your medical bills.  atlanta work injury

Many workers, unfortunately, do not know their rights or they make mistakes after suffering an injury. These mistakes could make it more difficult to obtain the benefits that Georgia law says workers are entitled to. It is important for every employee to ensure he doesn’t jeopardize his or her access to workers’ comp benefits. This means avoiding common mistakes.

If you get hurt on-the-job and want to ensure you don’t make any missteps that could make getting benefits harder, contact an Atlanta work injury lawyer as soon as possible. Your attorney can guide you through the process of obtaining benefits that pay your medical bills and provide you with an income if you cannot work or your earnings are reduced.  Continue Reading

There are many different professions where workers could be exposed to toxic substances. Recent research suggests that welding is one such job. Welders face a significant risk of developing a serious work-related illness because of dangerous substances that they routinely breath in when they are doing their work. atlanta workplace illness

Welders who are made sick by their work duties should consult with an Atlanta workplace illness attorney.  Employees who suffer symptoms of illness due to their jobs should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, including having their medical bills paid in connection with their illness.

Some workers have a difficult time proving they should get benefits for their illness because it can be hard to show their symptoms actually are happening due to their work. An attorney can assist not only welders but any employee who is sick and who wants to make a workers’ comp claim due to the work-related health issues he or she is experiencing.

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Many different types of work injuries could occur that affect employees in Atlanta. Some injury types are more common than others, but all injuries can have a devastating impact on the lives of workers who suffer harm because of their job tasks.  Employees should not have to face financial loss as a result of work injuries, and an Atlanta work injury lawyer should be consulted as soon as a worker gets hurt in order to help the injured employee make a workers’ compensation claim. Atlanta work injuries

Employees can make workers’ compensation claims for any illness or injury that they can demonstrate was caused by their job. This includes not just injuries resulting from accidents, like fall-related injuries, but also illnesses related to toxic exposure or other work hazards, and injuries that occur due to repetitive stress on the body over time. An attorney can provide assistance with proving that an injury is work-related and can assist injured workers in getting the full benefits they deserve for any work-related illness or injury.

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Dark workplaces can be unsafe workplaces, as it is more difficult for employees to see hazards and correct or avoid dangerous conditions. A dark worksite also makes slips, trips and falls more likely.  Employees could be seriously harmed due to accidents that are caused by inadequate lighting. Injured workers who get hurt on-the-job due to an incident that occurs because of improper lighting should talk with an Atlanta work injury lawyer about their options for making a benefits claim. Atlanta work injury causes

Although injured employees should be able to obtain workers’ comp benefits that cover their medical costs and pay disability income if they temporarily or permanently cannot work, suffering a work injury can still cause significant personal hardship for an injured employee.

Prevention of work injuries is vital to spare workers pain, suffering, and life-changing symptoms caused by on-the-job accidents. Fortunately, preventing injuries attributed to inadequate lighting should be relatively easy as it is a simple matter of improving lighting conditions. Safety BLR has some tips to help ensure that inadequate lighting doesn’t put Atlanta employees at risk.

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If you get hurt on-the-job, losses caused by your injuries are supposed to be covered by workers’ compensation. Georgia law broadly protects employees by requiring almost all employers to buy workers’ comp insurance, or to self-insure, so an injured employee can get costs covered. The employee should only have to prove an injury is work-related to get disability benefits and medical bills paid by workers’ comp. An Atlanta work injury lawyer can help the injured employee through the process of making a claim. Atlanta work injury

While workers’ comp provides broad protection, there are some complicated situations where workers are uncertain as to whether they can obtain work injury benefits. One example of such a situation is when an injured worker has a pre-existing injury or a pre-existing medical condition that is exacerbated by an on-the-job accident. For example, if you already have a back injury from some other cause and you get into an accident at work that hurts your back more severely than before, you may be uncertain as to whether or not workers’ compensation will pay for your losses caused by the exacerbation of your bank injury.

You should be entitled to work injury benefits, but the process of obtaining the appropriate coverage can be much more difficult when you had an existing injury that complicates your claim. You need to talk with an attorney who has experience representing workers whose pre-existing conditions were made worse by something that happened at work.  Continue Reading

If you get hurt at work, you have to go and see a doctor as soon as possible. It is very important that you see a doctor, both for your health and to protect your legal rights to make a claim to get work injury benefits. A work injury could be very serious and could affect your life in many ways, so getting prompt medical help is just smart after an accident occurs. Atlanta work injury

Once you have been diagnosed with a work injury, you should also contact an Atlanta work accident lawyer.  Your attorney can help you to make sure you get the costs of all of your medical care covered so you do not have to pay out-of-pocket for doctor’s visits or other costs of treatment.  In addition to medical costs, other benefits are also available in many cases, depending upon the nature of your injury and whether it impacts your work ability. Get legal help right away so you do not lose out on benefits you deserve.

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