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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

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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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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Recently, a leading workers’ compensation insurance carrier released a report identifying the most common causes of occupational injuries and occupational accidents. Safety BLR provided details on the insurance company’s report to shed light on some of the biggest risks faced by workers. Atlanta workplace injury

Whenever a worker gets hurt, regardless of whether his injuries were common or unusual, it is important for the employee to understand his options for making a workers’ compensation claim. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide invaluable assistance to injured workers in proving they are entitled to benefits because their injuries were caused by job duties.

Top Causes of Workplace Accidents in Atlanta

If you are sick or injured and you are not able to work, you must explore your options for getting disability income. There are a number of different kinds of benefits programs which could potentially be available to you, and you need to select the right one to maximize your monthly disability income. You should explore whether you are eligible for multiple programs and also take steps to understand the qualification requirements for all sources of disability income. atlanta workers' comp disability income

An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide you with help in understanding different options for disability benefits. Among the different types of programs that your attorney can explain and can help you to apply for are Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and Atlanta workers’ compensation.

SSDI vs. Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Workplace injuries can be frightening and can leave you uncertain about your future. Unfortunately, many people do not know what to do to protect their interests after a workplace injury in Atlanta. While you are supposed to receive workers’ compensation benefits for all illnesses and injuries, some employees end up making mistakes that put these important benefits in jeopardy. Atlanta work injury

If you get hurt or someone you love is killed on-the-job, you cannot afford to do anything that prevents you from getting workers’ comp coverage. Since a lawsuit against an employer generally isn’t allowed, workers’ comp may be the only option you have for getting your medical bills covered, getting disability income, and getting any compensation at all for your serious injuries. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can help to protect you by making sure you avoid common errors that could cost you.

Avoid These Top Errors After an Atlanta Workplace Injury

If you’ve been hurt while doing your job, you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Georgia law is clear that virtually all on-the-job injuries are covered. Things like employer negligence (or lack thereof) and proof of wrongdoing are not necessary for an injured worker to make a benefits claim.  Employers are expected to buy workers’ compensation insurance and the policy provisions mean an insurer is expected to be there to pay the bills when a worker gets hurt.  Unfortunately, this does not always happen. atlantic workplace accidents

Despite the fact workers are supposed to enjoy protection, problems can still arise when a workers’ comp claim is being made. If you are not being treated fairly or are being denied any benefits that you deserve, you need to get an Atlanta workers’ comp lawyer to find out what your rights and your options are and to ensure you get the benefits that you deserve.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has the authority to require employers correct workplace safety violations. When there are hazardous conditions in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, OSHA can impose fines and penalties and can require the problems be resolved so employees are no longer endangered by the unsafe conditions. In general, the process of OSHA taking action involves OSHA either conducting a routine inspection or conducting an inspection after a complaint is made or an injury occurs. OSHA identifies the violation, and then issues citations and mandates correction.  construction-lift-1560081

Unfortunately, OSHA is understaffed and cannot inspect all of the organizations under its purview nearly as often as the agency should. This leads to unsafe conditions persisting, which cause injury to workers and lead to Atlanta workers’ comp claims. If OSHA could be more effective with its inspections and enforcement orders, many injuries could be avoided and lives could be saved. One thing that could make a big difference is if OSHA has the authority to order enterprise-wide abatement.

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Minor accidents happen on-the-job every day. If you sustain a slip and fall, bump your head, cut yourself, or otherwise sustain any injury while performing your work duties, you should report what happened to you. You should make sure there is an incident report on file, even if you believe the injuries were relatively minor ones. work injury report

workers’ compensation attorney can provide you with assistance in reporting injuries to your employer if you do not understand the process.  Reporting an injury is essential to protect your rights in the future, even if you don’t believe that the injury will ultimately turn out to be a serious one.

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Recently, we wrote about an increase in OSHA penalties for workplace safety violations. The increase is aimed at ensuring companies who violate workplace safety rules actually face real penalties. OSHA penalties still remain relatively low, however, despite a dramatic increase of almost 80 percent that was necessary because it had been so long since penalties rose.   While the increase is good news, rising fines alone is not enough to generate meaningful reform in the field of worker safety. Too often, it is the companies that pay the fine but individuals who make decisions that endanger workers.  Prosecution of these individuals could be the key to preventing serious injuries and fatalities that occur on-the-job.

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While criminal prosecutions can arise for willful violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), as well as for gross negligence that causes serious injuries or death, prosecutions are relatively rare. Efforts have been made over the past decade to step up the number of prosecutions, and recently Safety News Alert reported the federal government will be moving forward with plans aimed at ensuring even more prosecutions occur.

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