Workplace Injuries: Worker’s Compensation AND Personal Injury Lawsuits
In 2016, there were over 2.9 million workplace injuries across the United States. That figure has remained relatively constant since 2009, which indicates that Georgia’s workplaces are not getting any safer. Furthermore, the individual injuries are just as severe, as the average number of days away from work was the same in 2016 as it was the year before.
Workplace injuries are extremely stressful to families who were just making ends meet, because at the same time unpaid bills accumulate, there is no money coming in to satisfy these obligations.
Despite the bleak picture, job injury victims have hope, because there is substantial compensation available. Moreover, to obtain these benefits, victims do not need to prove that the employer was at fault for the workplace accident.
Types of Workplace Injuries
Sudden and unexpected trauma injuries affect thousands of Georgia workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, many workplaces are inherently dangerous due to:
- Risk of Falls: Over a third of the workplace deaths in the construction industry resulted from either a fall from a height or a slip and fall.
- Poor Communication of Hazards: Many jobsites have substantial amounts of workers with limited English proficiency. At other jobsites, management is simply too concerned with other matters to communicate safety issues to the workers.
- Electrical Issues: At a busy construction or renovation site, it is often difficult to distinguish between a live wire and a dead one. Moreover, some jobsites have poorly designed systems that are fundamentally risky.
- Motor Vehicle Crashes: Many times, management insists that underqualified drivers operate heavy industrial trucks, increasing the risk of injury almost exponentially.
OSHA has only about 2,000 inspectors to police some eight million worksites, so many trauma hazards go undetected until someone gets hurt, because the owners have almost no incentive to make their jobsites safe.
Causes of Workplace Injuries
Many other workers fall victim to an occupational disease, which is essentially any condition that arises of the course of more than one work period. Some common occupational disease include:
- Hearing loss,
- Exposure to toxic substances, like benzene fumes or asbestos,
- Repetitive stress disorder, and
- Neck or joint pain.
In most cases, Georgia job injury victims are entitled to full compensation even if they have a pre-existing condition. In some cases, Georgia job injury victims may be able to file damage claims in civil court and obtain additional compensation for their pain and suffering. In other words, some injured people may be able to file both a workers’ compensation lawsuit and a personal injury lawsuit.
To get the work injury benefits you need, contact the aggressive Georgia attorneys at Butler Tobin.