What are the most common types of accidents and injuries in the workplace? Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys provide expert answers and advice.
“It all happened so fast.” Although we’ve come a long way in terms of safety awareness and accident prevention in the workplace, life-changing mishaps can and do still happen to anyone at any time.
Some accidents happen with a crash and bang. A broken bone from a work fall, head trauma due to a car crash, a third-degree burn from a chemical explosion – these injuries are unmistakable and instantaneous. Other injuries, however, like overexertion, might start as a slight whisper but turn into a major source of pain and discomfort. Sometimes, you don’t even know an injury has occurred until hours or even days after the incident.
Still, other types of work-related injuries might not occur at any one single moment, but instead creep up little by little until the problem affects your day-to-day life in a major way. These injuries can have serious physical, emotional and financial ramifications.
Regardless of the type of work injury you’ve suffered, you are entitled to full and fair compensation under state law.
If you were injured on the job and are being denied workers’ comp benefits by your employer or an insurance company, don’t wait to contact an experienced Atlanta work injury lawyer at Gerber & Holder. We will aggressively pursue your legal right reimbursement as provided under Georgia workers’ compensation law.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.
Who’s Responsible for Your Work Injury?
Did you know that more than 99 workers were killed on the job every week in the United States in 2016 alone? That’s about 14 or more deaths per day according to the US Department of Labor, and thousands more are seriously injured each and every year.
Moral of the story: You are not alone.
Serious workplace accidents and injuries can happen in nearly any industry but are especially common in construction, manufacturing, healthcare, landscaping and hospitality.
If you or a loved one are suffering due to one of these types of accidents or injuries, it’s important to know that just because these accidents are common doesn’t mean it’s your fault. While it is each employee’s responsibility to make safety a priority when on the clock, it’s also the employer’s responsibility to ensure a safe work environment. Often, employers can be held responsible for many of the most common workplace injuries that take place every day in this country.
The top 10 most frequently violated OSHA safety standards include:
- Lack of fall protection
- Failure to develop a hazard communication standard
- Lack of scaffolding
- Respiratory protection not provided
- Failure to control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout)
- Faulty ladders
- Unsafe powered industrial trucks
- Defective machinery and machine guarding
- Lack of proper safety training
- Defective electrical, wiring methods, components and equipment
Other Types of Work Injuries
Some of the most common cases we handle involve the following work injuries:
- Slip and fall
- Car accident
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Loss of sight
- Hearing loss
- Burn injury
- Hip injury
- Pre-existing conditions
- Unsafe working conditions
Free Consultation for Georgia Workers’ Compensation Injuries
Recovering from an injury doesn’t happen overnight – and neither does seeking financial recovery for a workplace accident. Take the next step now and contact a professional legal counselor who can advise you on how to move forward in your work injury case.
The Georgia statute of limitations limits how long injured workers have to file a workers’ compensation claim to within 1 year from date of injury, not 2 years like most other personal injury claims. Don’t delay.