Articles Tagged with workers’ compensation

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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After an on-the-job injury, getting timely medical care is essential. You do not want a delay in your treatment as this could interfere with the effectiveness of the treatment and could result in your condition getting worse. This could make it difficult or impossible to fully recover and get back to work. Unfortunately, when workers’ compensation is paying for your care, there could be situations where approval of essential treatment is delayed. This can be frustrating for patients and doctors and can cause serious damage to recovery efforts. Atlanta work injury compensation

If you are being denied timely care that you need for a work injury, you have rights. You should talk with an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer to find out what options, if any, you have for making sure you can get the treatment you need when your doctor says you need it.

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The holiday shopping season is approaching quickly. While this time of year can be a joyous time for shoppers who love to hit the malls to get bargains and find the perfect gifts for loved ones, it can be a stressful and dangerous time for retail workers. Each year, injuries happen during big shopping events that take place over the holiday season.  When these injuries occur, retail workers need to know what their options are.

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An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help to retail workers or to other employees who are hurt over the holidays. If you suffer an injury during the festive season, or at any time of the year, you should call a lawyer to get assistance in making a claim for medical benefits, lost wages, and other losses your workplace injury has caused you to suffer.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites companies for failure of those organizations to follow workplace safety rules aimed at preventing serious work injuries. Unfortunately, there are many companies which take risks with their employee’s lives by failing to offer appropriate training, necessary protective gear, and a work environment that is reasonably safe from hazards.Atlanta work injury violations

Many companies repeatedly make the same types of mistakes year-after-year, causing common work injuries to happen. Just recently, OSHA released a list of the top 10 most violated workplace safety standards resulting in citations. These violations are far too common and put the lives of every employee in jeopardy. If you are the victim of one of these workplace safety violations, you need to contact an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer. In fact, if you are hurt for any reason at work, whether your employer has violated the rules or not, you need to speak with an experienced attorney about your legal rights.  Continue Reading

When a serious injury or a fatal accident happens in a worksite, obviously the first concern is to take care of the employee who was hurt or to address the situation with the employee who was killed. This employee, however, is not necessarily the only one who could be harmed as a result of the incident. Co-workers who observed the accident or who came to the aid of their injured co-worker could suffer critical incident stress. In some cases, employees who observed a frightening accident could even develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which affects their own health and their own ability to work effectively. atlanta workplace accident

An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide help to the injured worker or to family members of those who are killed in an accident. Benefits, including medical coverage, disability coverage, or death benefits should be provided. If the injured employee suffers from PTSD in the aftermath of the accident, coverage for mental healthcare is typically also part of the benefits which workers’ comp should cover. For those workers who observed but who were not injured by the incident, however, the best option is for employers to provide appropriate support before the trauma causes PTSD to develop.

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In Georgia, there are approximately 400,000 undocumented immigrants living throughout the state, according to Newsmax. Many of these undocumented immigrants are working jobs throughout Georgia, including in cities like Atlanta. This can raise important questions, like what happens if any of these undocumented immigrants get hurt on-the-job? atlanta workers' comp coverage

The Georgia courts have addressed this issue and the courts have found that undocumented immigrants are generally still going to be entitled to workers’ comp benefits. This means you should not allow your immigration status to prevent you from getting the work injury benefits that you deserve. If you got hurt as a direct result of your work duties, regardless of your lawful residency or not, you should contact an Atlanta workers’ comp lawyer to find out what options you have for getting benefits that you need.

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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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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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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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