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A construction siteWorkplace accidents injure thousands of people each year. In most instances, injured workers are entitled to benefits through Georgia’s workers’ compensation program. The good thing about workers’ compensation is that you can obtain these benefits regardless of whose fault an accident was. In return for guaranteed benefits, injured employees are typically barred from suing after a workplace accident.

Unfortunately, this often results in uncompensated losses, as workers’ compensation does not provide benefits for non-economic losses like pain and suffering or lost quality of life – damages that are typically available in a personal injury claim.

There are some situations, however, in which injured workers can file a personal injury claim after a work-related accident or incident resulting in injury. Some of the most common are listed below. For more information or to discuss the specifics of your case, call us today to speak with an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer.

A construction siteAccording to a survey released in November of last year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that were over 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries in 2018. The good news is that this number is the same as in 2017, and the annual number of workplace injuries has been in decline over the last several years. However, 2.8 million is still a lot of injuries. More importantly, the total number of injuries doesn’t matter if you’re the one who is injured and unable to work. 

Why OSHA Standards Are Important

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is charged with promulgating laws and regulations designed to keep our workforce safe. Unfortunately, many employers put their workers at risk by failing to keep up with OSHA standards or intentionally choosing to put profits over their employee’s safety. While OSHA standards cannot prevent every accident, the protections and training that they mandate are important. Failing to comply with OSHA standards can often lead to an accident and serious injury. 

a forklift operator in a warehouseIt goes without saying that some jobs are more dangerous than others — particularly construction jobs and jobs that involve dangerous equipment and machinery. However, injuries could also occur while working in an office or almost any other work environment.

If you have been injured while working on the job and while working within the scope of your employment, you might be entitled to pursue various benefits for workers’ compensation from your employer. Work injuries can not only bring about high medical bills, but also pain, suffering, and inconvenience. In some instances, the work injury is so serious that the worker is forced to miss significant time from work — and in some cases, change professions altogether.

The Georgia work injury lawyers at Slappey & Sadd, LLC understand the inconvenience often

A construction siteIf you’ve been injured on the job, you’re going through a lot, and the absolute last thing you need is to have your workers’ compensation claim denied, delayed, or otherwise complicated. While workers’ compensation insurance is in place to cover employees like you who’ve been injured, this does not mean that every employer is on the up and up in these matters. The fact is that when compensation kicks in, employers often see an uptick in premiums, and some will go to unscrupulous measures to avoid this additional expense. Further, the insurance company itself is motivated by profits and can implement its own workarounds. If you’ve been injured on the job, consult with an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in the Atlanta area.

Just Getting Started: Denying the Injury Occurred on the Job

Your employer may choose to deny that you were injured on the job in the first place, or the insurance company may question the claim from the outset. In other words, your workers’ compensation claim may be an uphill battle from the very beginning. If you are injured on the job, the following should be your first order of business:

A black van with read end damageThousands of Georgians drive as part of their jobs every day – public transit drivers, delivery drivers, and many others whose jobs require countless hours on the road. Employers go to great lengths to encourage safety, but unfortunately, accidents can and do still happen. If you have been injured in a car accident at work, it’s important to understand your options. 

The personal injury attorneys at Slappey & Sadd work with injured people in the Atlanta area and across the state of Georgia. We can help you understand your options and get the compensation you need to put your life back together. If you’re injured and overwhelmed, give us a call at 888-474-9616 or send us an email to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced and dedicated personal injury attorneys. 

Do You Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?

A construction siteIf you’ve been injured on the job, you’re facing a major decision: do you file a worker’s comp claim, or do you file a personal injury lawsuit? Choosing one means you can’t choose the other. It’s critical to understand the difference between the two so that you can make an informed decision, and more importantly, get the compensation you need. 

The Atlanta attorneys at Slappey & Sadd know both personal injury and workers’ compensation law. We can help you decide what kind of claim to pursue and help you navigate the process. Reach out online or call us at 888-474-9616 to schedule a free consultation to discuss how we can help you. 

Workers’ Compensation is “No-Fault” 

A booted foot about to step onto a banana peelAny injury can be a lot to deal with, but injuries sustained at work can be particularly complicated. Legal issues aside, perhaps the biggest challenge is what to do about your lost income. Thankfully, workers’ compensation is available to most employees, but it’s important to understand how workers’ compensation relates to other options you may have. In this post and the next, we’ll cover the options available to you in order to get the compensation you need.

Understand your options

If you’ve been injured on the job, the first thing to do is to make sure you understand all of your options. In some cases, you may be able to pursue more than one claim. In other instances, you choose one option to the exclusion of all others. As a result, you need to know at the outset which options are available to you and the advantages and disadvantages related to each.  

A knocked-over "caution - cleaning in progress" signWorkplace injuries are more common than you may think. In a news release issued earlier this month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 2.8 million nonfatal workplace injuries in 2017. Of those injuries, almost 890,000 required the employee to miss work.  

For many of us, missing work means lost income. The situation gets even more complicated if your injury leaves you partially or totally disabled, even if the disability is only temporary. And unfortunately, many of these injuries are preventable. As a result of ever-increasing pressures to be profitable, many employers become careless with regard to their employees’ safety. Using statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we’ll review some of the ways that employers routinely put the safety of their employees at risk.  

  • Inadequate fall protection and training. Employers can violate OSHA regulations by failing to install guardrails, provide safety harnesses, or take other measures to guard against falls. OSHA also mandates that employers provide sufficient training to employees in order to help them avoid fall hazards.

When someone mentions a workplace injury, people often imagine some kind of awful industrial accident involving heavy equipment that results in a severe injury or even death. While those kinds of accidents do happen, there is a broad spectrum of injuries that can occur in the workplace. It’s important to note that if you’re injured on the job, you may be entitled to compensation, no matter what the injury. In this post, we want to call your attention to some of the most common workplace injuries that people tend to overlook.  

Repetitive Motion Injuries

Repetitive motion injuries (RMIs, for short, but also known as “repetitive strain injuries”) are injuries that arise from actions that are repeated hundreds of times throughout the day or week. An obvious example is working at a computer all day, resulting in carpal tunnel syndrome, deteriorating vision, and muscle strains in your back and neck. However, RMIs are not limited to desk jobs – any motion that is repeated over and over can eventually harm the joints, tendons, and ligaments. 

According to the Department of Labor, there were 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries in 2016. Of course, this includes those cases that may not affect the worker’s ability to continue working. But what if your injury forces you to take time off? You have bills to pay, and you need to buy groceries, but you also need to recover from your injury. What do you do?  

Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation is basically insurance carried by an employer that makes it relatively easy for an employee to get compensated if they were injured at work or made ill by their employment. An injured worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation regardless of whether his employer is at fault for the accident. Generally speaking, workers’ compensation is an alternative to suing your employer for your injuries.

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