If you have been injured or became sick on the job in Georgia, you are probably now considering your options. One of the top questions you will be faced with is how to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Many companies in Georgia have implemented workers' compensation policies to protect their employees, as well as company rights if one of their workers gets hurt on the job. Whether or not people are awarded compensation depends on the nature of their accident, who was involved, whether or not they have utilized their policy the right way and whether or not they reported the incident within the designated window of time.
When you begin to recognize the symptoms of a repetitive stress injury, you may not immediately see it as a workplace injury. However, if your job requires you to perform the same functions repetitively and for consecutive periods of time, the pain you are experiencing can undoubtedly be caused by your job. At Comartie Law, we have helped many victims of workplace injuries in Georgia.
People often realize how dangerous it can be to use a phone while driving. Sadly, many distracted drivers have caused accidents which claimed innocent lives because they were sending a text, reading an email or using their smartphone in some other way. It is important to keep in mind that phone use can also be very dangerous in the workplace, especially in some fields. For example, someone working on a construction site may fail to pay attention to their surroundings and cause an accident because they were distracted by their phone.
Many workers in Georgia are overtired, and this is negatively affecting their impact on the job. Not only does fatigue decrease productivity but it also increases safety risks, especially in certain industries. Employers are seeing the financial impact of fatigue and are trying to manage it to improve safety and their bottom line.
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.