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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 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:

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