Articles Posted in Workplace Illness

If the economy gets better, everyone’s standard of living should rise. Unfortunately, there could be a big downside to economic growth. In fact, just recently, Safety News Alert reported on a troubling rise in fatalities when the economy of an industrialized society is improving.  Both workplace injuries and workplace illnesses rise during boom times, which contributes to the rising number of fatalities. atlanta workplace illness

An Atlanta work accident lawyer can help workers and their families if illness or death occurs because of job duties. Whether you get sick or suffer chronic or acute injuries, you should be entitled to receive benefits through Georgia’s workers’ compensation law. These benefits could include coverage for medical care, disability benefits, or death benefits for dependents following a death. Contact an attorney as soon as illness or injury happens so you can get your claim underway immediately.

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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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In the United States, more than 22 million workers each year are exposed to hazardous levels of noise at their worksites. Unsurprisingly, hearing loss is very common.  Hearing loss is the third most common chronic physical ailment within the U.S., is the single most common work-related ailment suffered by U.S. workers, and is more common than either diabetes or cancer. atlanta workplace hearing loss

While men are more likely to experience hearing issues due to exposure to noise at work, both men and women workers are in danger of deafness or hearing problems because of their worksites.

When work-related hearing loss does happen, an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide assistance in seeking workers’ comp benefits. These benefits could provide payment for all medical bills for treatment aimed at treating your hearing loss and restoring your hearing. Other benefits are also available, including ongoing disability income if you cannot work or your earning power declines due to the work-related hearing loss.

Occupational illnesses are a significant problem within the United States. Safety BLR reported on a recent discussion of occupational illnesses at the National Safety Council Congress and Expo held in Atlanta. At the conference, experts including the director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health discussed the scope of the problems associated with occupational illnesses, as well as methods used to control exposure to toxins that make workers sick. headache-1434466

Occupational illnesses cause thousands of fatalities each year and illnesses tend to cost much more than injuries. Workers who are made sick by their jobs, or surviving family members of people killed due to occupational illnesses, need to understand what their legal options are for getting costs covered by workers’ compensation. An Atlanta workplace illness lawyer can help victims to pursue benefits claims so they won’t have to face financial concerns as they cope with serious and sometimes fatal illnesses.

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The Center for Public Integrity recently published a scathing report on the inadequacy of workplace protections when it comes to chemical exposure. The report refers to a “slow-motion tragedy for American workers,” as toxic substances cause thousands of injuries and deaths every single year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is supposed to be protecting employees from workplace risks, including chemicals. The problem is, permissible exposure limits (PELs) are so outdated that OSHA has actually warned employers not to rely on them to protect workers from getting seriously ill.  water-balloon-meets-knife-2-1182064

Workers’ compensation benefits are available to employees who get sick because of on-the-job exposure. While many workers who apply for benefits do so after a fall or other accident causes acute injury, illnesses caused by exposure can actually be more costly and more difficult to treat in many situations.

An experienced workers’ compensation lawyer in Atlanta should be consulted for assistance in making a claim if an illness or death may be related to toxic exposure on-the-job. These cases can sometimes be hard to prove as the illness may develop long after the initial exposure occurred. An attorney can help victims to make their case and prove their work was the cause of their harm so they can get the benefits they need.

Employees in every industry face a variety of risks at work, from the potential to suffer a fall to the dangers of exposure to chemicals or toxins in the air.  The Occupational Safety And Health Administration sets workplace standards related to toxic exposure but OSHA has not successfully updated its permissible exposure list since 1971.  Unfortunately, this means too many workers are potentially breathing in legal substances every time they do their jobs. dangerous-goods-labels-1190908-m

One of many examples of a dangerous industry where chemical exposure has consequences is the manicure and nail industry. According to The Hill, U.S. Senators are calling on OSHA to conduct an investigation of dangerous working conditions in nail salons following an earlier New York Times expose on health issues faced by manicurists.

OSHA’s inability to effectively keep air quality standards high has serious consequences. When workers get sick on the job, they could incur costly medical bills and may suffer an untimely death. Workers’ compensation should provide payment of medical bills as well as disability or death benefits, but it can sometimes be hard for employees to prove that an illness they developed occurred due to chemical exposure at work. An Atlanta workplace illness lawyer can provide assistance to those who believe they are sick because of their jobs.