People are hurt in many ways, from motor vehicle collisions to a slip-and-fall accident in their home. However, some injuries occur as a result of the carelessness or negligent behavior of another person and this is especially problematic in the workplace. Each year, many employees sustain a wide range of injuries while performing their job duties. Some are hurt in work-related traffic incidents, while others are injured due to the dangerous nature of their line of work or the negligence of a co-worker or employer. For employees who sustain work-related injuries, it is pivotal to address them properly.
According to the Society for Human Resource Management, incidence of the top 10 OSHA violations were down in Georgia and across the United States in fiscal year 2017 from where they were in 2016. While that is undeniably good news for you as a worker, the bad news is that workplace fatalities are more likely to result from these types of violations because they represent the most severe workplace safety hazards.
You regularly run errands for your Georgia employer. Sometimes these occur before work, or on your way home, and sometimes you stop to pick something up on your lunch break. If you were hurt at the office, you would expect workers' compensation, but what about when you are in your car? At Cromartie Law, we understand the confusion that often occurs over offsite accidents.
People hurt themselves in the workplace in various ways, from falling off of ladders on construction sites to slipping on a floor that was wet or tripping over a cord. Sometimes, employees are lucky to survive an on-the-job accident. Unfortunately, some of those who are able to survive serious work-related mishaps may face other challenges that can make life incredibly difficult for their loved ones and interrupt their career. For example, an injured worker may struggle with medical costs, missing out on wages they were counting on, or never being able to walk again.
You go to work in Rome every workday with the confidence and security that comes from knowing that were you to be injured while on the job, workers' compensation benefits would be available to cover many of the resulting expenses. Imagine the confusion, frustration and fear you might feel if after such an injury occurred, you were told by your employer that it did not offer such benefits. Such is the situation that many of those that we here at Cromartie Law have worked with have encountered. Typically, companies defend such a response by saying that they are not required to carry workers' compensation coverage. Thankfully, you can know for yourself whether that is true or not.
Work-related accidents take all sorts of forms, some of which have been covered on this blog. From construction site accidents to repetitive strain, workers are hurt in many ways in Rome and other cities across Georgia. Our law firm also realizes the traffic-related dangers that workers in various fields face on a daily basis. For example, a taxi driver, large truck driver, delivery truck driver, or someone running errands for their employer could all become involved in a traffic collision while performing their job duties.
If you are employed in the construction industry, you may face any number of risks on the job. Whether you are an electrician, carpenter, painter or work in any other field, there may be many hazards on Georgia job sites that could cause you to become seriously hurt. If you have sustained an injury, our law firm knows how pivotal it is to recover. Aside from physical recovery, it is also important for you to do what you can to recover financially, mentally and in terms of your career.
As a worker in Georgia, you should know that sudden, acute injuries are not the only threat to your health at work. Occupational diseases can also have a major impact on your life.
When it comes to mining accidents, some people may think that injuries and fatalities hardly ever occur. While safety has improved considerably in comparison to generations ago, miners continue to face risks that can claim their lives or cause devastating injuries. For those who work in a mine, as well as the families of miners, recognizing how many fatalities and injuries occur in the mining industry may be useful.
Whether you are a road worker or you regularly drive through a work zone as you are heading to your job, you may want to keep in mind that certain times of year could be particularly dangerous. In Rome, and across all of Georgia's cities, the lives of road workers are cut short far too often because of the negligence of drivers. Sometimes, these accidents are caused by drivers who are under the influence, while others happen because people ignore signs or fail to reduce their speed.