Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration levied a $700,000 fine against a company that exposed 14 staff members to excessive amounts of lead. Exposure to dangerous levels of lead can have devastating consequences and it is of vital importance that companies follow best practices for safety to avoid excess exposure. Safety News Alert reported on the OSHA fines and citations against the company that failed to protect the safety of its staff members. Atlanta workplace illness

Lead exposure is one of many top causes of workplace illness, and it can happen in many different professions.  If you or someone you love is sick because you were exposed to lead or other toxins at work, you should be entitled to payment of your medical bills and to other benefits including disability income, if your illness affects your work. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer should be consulted for help in making a claim for benefits following exposure to excess lead levels.

Dangerous Levels of Lead Can Cause Atlanta Workplace Illnesses

Each and every worker in the United States deserves a safe place to work. Unfortunately, thousands of workers are hurt or killed annually while they are performing their employment duties. A worker could be hurt no matter what his profession is, but there are certain people who face a far greater risk of getting hurt or killed at work than others.  Recently, Business Insider made a list of the 10 most dangerous jobs in American. If your profession is on the list, you should be aware you are in a higher-risk industry and should seek appropriate help if your employer is not following safety rules and regulations. Atlanta dangerous jobs

Workers hurt on-the-job also have legal rights, regardless of whether or not an employer followed safety rules. If you are harmed because of job duties or if your loved one dies while performing work tasks, you should work with an experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer to obtain financial benefits including disability income and the payment of medical expenditures.  Continue Reading

If you are an employee at a company that is facing financial problems, you could face a greater risk of getting hurt at work. Studies have identified a link between the financial health of a business and the safety of employees of the company. While employers should always prioritize the safety of their workers, regardless of whether the company is financially struggling or not, this is not always what occurs. Atlanta work accidents

If you get hurt at work, you have rights. Your employer is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage, unless your employer is self-insured. This means that even if the company you work for is struggling financially, you should still be fully compensated for any work injuries. It also means workers’ comp death benefits should be available to families after fatal injuries happen. An Atlanta work accident lawyer should be consulted to get help pursuing your claim if you were harmed.   Continue Reading

It is a natural assumption to believe economic growth is good for the lives of workers. After all, if the economy is good, workers are usually earning more money. Workers typically have more job flexibility and the option to find work they like in situations when the economy is good.  Workers who get paid more during a booming economy can also enjoy life by buying more goods or taking more vacations. atlanta work accident

Unfortunately, it is not all good news when there is economic growth. In fact, according to Safety News Alert, death rates can substantially rise due to workplace illness and injury if there is lots of economic growth going on.

If you or someone you love is hurt due to workplace illness or injury, you should understand what options you have available to you under the law. An Atlanta work injury attorney at Sammons  & Carpenter, P.C. can provide guidance on what your options are for pursuing a case for compensation for occupational injuries that occur due to a booming economy.  Continue Reading

During the holiday season, there is demand for seasonal workers in many industries. Landscape companies may hire workers in order to take care of home decorating tasks or to cut and sell Christmas tress. Retail stores and hospitality businesses could hire more workers in order to keep up with customers coming in for holiday shopping and celebrations. Manufacturers may also ramp up production in order to address the holiday shopping frenzy.

These are just a few of many examples of industries where workers are often hired on a temporary basis during this time of year. seasonal workersUnfortunately, as seasonal holiday workers are brought into businesses, an increase in workplace accident risks occurs. These accidents can have devastating consequences that last well beyond the holiday season and which are sometimes permanent.  Anyone who is a victim of an accident should reach out to an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer for assistance following the incident which caused them to suffer harm.  Continue Reading

The holiday season is a busy time for retail workers. Unfortunately, during this festive season, there is also a big risk of retail employees getting hurt on-the-job. There are many different reasons why retail workers face an elevated risk of injury during the holiday season. Understanding the risks is essential for both workers and employers in order to try to reduce dangers. retail worker injuries

If a work injury happens during the holiday season, the victim must know his or her rights under Georgia law. Georgia law doesn’t allow workers to sue employers under most circumstances, but does make it possible for a workers’ compensation claim to be made after any and all on-the-job injuries. An Atlanta workplace accident lawyer can provide assistance to retail workers who are hurt during the festive season, or at any time of the year.   Continue Reading

Falls are one of the top causes of workplace injuries and of workplace fatalities. There are already many rules aimed at preventing falls on-the-job, but workers still continue to get hurt. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has now updated its slip and fall rules by putting new requirements into place. Hopefully, this new regulation can help to make a difference in keeping people safe from harm. Atlanta fall injuries

If a fall does happen at work, the injured victim could be entitled to workers’ comp coverage. If the fall is a fatal one, dependents can also get death benefits through workers’ comp under Georgia law. An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide assistance in pursuing a benefits claim and seeking coverage for medical bills and other costs after a work injury.  Continue Reading

On election day, a surprise upset resulted in Donald J. Trump being elected president. In anticipation of this possibility, some experts have looked at the impact that Trump’s election could have on workplace safety. Most pundits predict that there are likely to be fewer new regulations passed to protect workers, and less enforcement of the regulations already on the books.  Atlanta work accident prevention

If worker safety becomes less of a federal priority or if regulations are not enforced as thoroughly as they could be, there is a chance of more workplace injuries happening. Employees need to know what their rights are in case employers fail to follow safety rules.

They also need to know what to do in the event that a workplace accident happens and causes them to be harmed.  An Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can assist injured workers in pursuing a claim to get benefits they need for injury losses.  Continue Reading

Atlanta workers are protected by Georgia’s workers compensation law. This law requires employers to buy insurance or to self-insure in case of an employee injury on-the-job.  The goal of Georgia’s workers comp law is to protect workers financially in case of illness or injury. Insurers are paid premiums by employers for workers, and insurers are supposed to pay benefits to workers if an illness or injury happens. A workers’ comp insurer should provide coverage for medical bills, disability income, and other losses as defined by Georgia’s workers’ comp law. atlanta workers' comp claim

In some unfortunate cases, however, insurers do not pay as promised. Insurers could deny a claim that should be covered, or could decline to pay for particular medical benefits which a worker needs as a part of his recovery process. When and if a worker does not get the benefits that he is entitled to, the injured employee should consult with an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer for help.

Appealing an Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Claim

When most people think of work injuries, they think of things like broken bones from a fall or illness from toxic exposure at work. While these types of work injuries do happen far too often, the most common work injury would likely come as a surprise to many. The most common work injury which is suffered by employees is actually hearing loss! atlanta work injury

If an employee experiences hearing loss due to exposure to excessive noise at work, the injured worker should be entitled to medical benefits and other workers’ comp coverage. Actually getting these benefits can be complicated, though, because it is difficult in some cases to prove that hearing loss can be tied to the job. An Atlanta workers’ comp lawyer can provide help in proving workplace hearing loss occurred.

Workplace Hearing Loss a Leading Atlanta Work Injury