It's easy to feel safe in the places we visit most - such as friends' homes, the grocery store and work. However, a serious accident can happen anywhere.
Work-related injuries can be devastating. Even a minor accident could leave you sidelined for weeks, unable to earn income. Serious injuries can cost a veritable fortune to treat.
Sadly, this scenario is far too common in the United States. Nearly 3 million people were injured while working in the private sector in 2014, according to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics. What's more, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration shows that another 4,821 workers lost their lives in job-related accidents.
Businesses in many industries are often guilty of failing to meet safety standards - and employees suffer the consequences. The top five injuries caused by standards violations are:
● Falls due to inadequate protection;
● Collisions caused by a lack of communication;
● Disabilities related to poor control of hazardous substances;
● Accidents in and around large industrial trucks;
● And electrical shocks caused by ineffective guarding of machinery and wiring.
If you were injured on the job, then it is likely that workers' compensation will help you pay for lost income and medical bills. If your benefits were denied or if you received an unfair payout, contact a Rome personal-injury attorney from The Finnell Firm.
Accident lawyer Robert Finnell has been practicing law for more than 37 years, much of which has been focused in the area of personal-injury law. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free consultation. You can also learn more about workers' compensation claims by visiting USAttorneys.com.
Here are the answers to three common questions you may have about workers' compensation in Georgia:
1. What Benefits Does Workers' Compensation Offer in Georgia?
In Georgia, every business that hires at least three workers must offer workers' compensation insurance. Standard coverage is divided into three categories:
1. Wage benefits, at two-thirds your usual salary
2. Medical benefits, including transport and prescription payments
3. Permanent partial disability, if applicable
2. What Should I Do after an Injury at Work?
The most important step to take is to report the injury to your employer or manager immediately. Don't wait longer than 30 days, or you might not be able to recover benefits.
Give your doctor all of the workers' compensation information that you receive from your employer. Then stay patient - these procedures can take some time to resolve.
3. Should I Hire an Attorney after a Work-Related Injury?
The short answer is "yes." Sometimes, workers' compensation applications take longer than usual to settle, or are refused altogether for a variety of reasons. Having an attorney by your side will help you avoid costly, time-wasting oversights that could leave you stranded without benefits.
If you were hurt while working in Georgia, contact a personal-injury attorney from The Finnell Firm. Robert Finnell is an accident lawyer in Rome who has successfully handled cases involving workers' compensation, product liability, car wrecks and other types of injuries. Call 866-464-4017 to schedule a free initial consultation.