Articles Tagged with atlanta workplace illness

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

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has many initiatives to protect workers. In addition to inspecting worksites, responding to complaints and reports of accidents, and passing regulations, OSHA also imposes fines on employers. An employer can be fined by OSHA if the agency determines the employer has violated any workplace safety rules. Avoiding these fines is one reason why employers may make an effort to create safe worksites.  Now, employees could have even more incentive to follow the rules because OSHA fines are rising. atlanta work injury

Regardless of whether or not an employer is violating OSHA rules, an employee can take action to get benefits after a work injury. Workers’ compensation in Georgia gives workers the right to benefits even in situations where employers do not violate regulations and where employers do everything right.

An injured worker needs to report his injuries and prove they are work-related and that should be enough to get benefits. An Atlanta work injury lawyer can help with this process.  Of course, while benefits are available in a broad array of situations, it is still best if injuries don’t happen…and the rising OSHA fines could help that happen.

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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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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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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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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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Workers face a significant risk of both injury and illness on many jobs. For example, in the construction industry as well as in many other fields, workers could get sick if they are exposed to silica. Silica is a common and naturally occurring mineral found in everything from dirt to granite. When silica is disturbed and dust blows around, the tiny particles can get into the lungs and cause major health problems. atlanta workplace illness

Occupational Safety and Health Administration has long had a safety standard aimed at limiting exposure to crystalline silica, which is a known carcinogen. However, OSHA’s rules on silica were widely regarded as being insufficient to protect workers. Now, Safety News Alert reports OSHA has a new rule on silica which is: “one of the most significant safety regulation changes in years.”

Unfortunately, it will be several years until the new rule goes into effect for many workers. In the meantime, those who continue getting sick should consult with an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer for assistance in getting illness costs covered.   Continue Reading

After a safety incident occurs at a workplace, the company may take steps to fix the problem. Organizations may be prompted by Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) citations and fines to resolve safety issues after an employee injury or major mistake. Sometimes a close-call or an actual injury also prompts companies to voluntarily shift their focus to safety. atlanta work injury

Unfortunately, despite the fact safety improvements usually occur after an incident on-the-job, it is not uncommon for repeated injuries and incidents to occur at the same worksite.  Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyers should be consulted by victims after each of these injuries so companies can be held accountable. The question, however, is why companies end up repeatedly making the same mistakes which lead to workplace incidents.  One new study could have the answer.

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Lead is a dangerous toxin which can cause lead poisoning, long-term brain damage, impaired kidney function, impotency, damage to the nervous system, digestive issues, anemia, high blood pressure, muscle coordination problems, vision problems, hearing loss, and even potential death.  Exposure to lead can make you sick right away, or symptoms can develop over time as lead levels build in your bloodstream. Sign

If you were exposed to lead in the workplace, an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide you with legal guidance as you work to make a claim for compensation. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits provided you can prove your illnesses and medical conditions were caused by the lead exposure and that the lead exposure happened on-the-job. You may also have a third party claim against non-employers whose negligence or failures to fulfill their obligations caused the lead exposure to occur. Because lead can cause long-term and incurable problems, getting legal help right away is imperative so you can make your claim.  Continue Reading