Every day, workers spend a good portion of their day at their jobs, trusting that they will be in a safe environment. However, some employers fail to properly maintain the premises, violate safety laws, or fail to properly train and supervise their employees. Even when these aren't the case, some jobs still carry the risk of injury. It is an unfortunate reality that many workers suffer severe injuries, including spinal cord injuries and head injuries, while on the job and may find themselves unable to work in the months following the accident.
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is responsible for implementing safety regulations and conducting inspections to ensure that employers are keeping their work sites safe. Even a single OSHA violation can create a hazard in the workplace that leads to a devastating accident. If you or a loved one have been injured in a workplace accident, an attorney can help you file a workers' compensation claim.
According to current statistics, accidental injuries at work cost over $150 billion every year. Of these expenses, $49.5 billion are attributed to lost wages and lost productive time, while an additional $33.8 billion represents medical costs associated with treating workplace illnesses and accidents. The remaining costs are associated with administrative expenses.
A previous post here discussed how an injured worker in Georgia can get temporary disability benefits after a work-related illness or injury. As that post discussed, these benefits are there to replace a portion of an injured worker's lost wages while recovering.
A crane accident in another state killed one member of the public and seriously injured 4 other people. It was not clear whether any of the 4 other people were workers, but authorities did say that two of the injured victims had suffered critical injuries.
This blog has on previous occasions discussed how workers in Rome, Georgia, and other parts of Northern Georgia, may be able to get workers' compensation benefits if they get hurt or sickened on account of their jobs.
A previous post on this blog have talked about what are reported to be the most dangerous jobs in America. As anyone who perused this list probably recognized, many residents of Northern Georgia actually work in one of these notably dangerous careers, as they consist of several popular professions.
Lots of workers in Georgia are in risky jobs that could leave them hurt or even dead. Not surprisingly, though, statistics suggest that some jobs are riskier than others.
In Georgia, workers' compensation is meant to be an efficient system that allows injured workers to get help with medical bills and lost wages quickly.
As this blog has discussed previously, workers' compensation benefits are available to cover the medical bills and lost wages of Georgia workers who are hurt or get sick while on the job. The state's workers' compensation program offers different types of disability income, depending on the individual worker's situation.