An injury at work can be so serious that it keeps you from earning a living, for a few months or even permanently. It can affect not only your physical health but also your mental health and many other aspects of your life. Here is some more information about common injuries sustained at work and other things you should know about worker’s compensation.
Work injuries to watch out for
A work injury can happen at any job – you could work in an office and slip on a piece of paper – but the most dangerous jobs are those in the oil and gas and construction industries. It only takes a second to sustain an injury that results in
• Amputation of a limb
• Eye injury/blindness
• Head injury
• Broken bones
• Muscle injuries, especially in the back, neck, and shoulders
What you should know about worker’s compensation
To protect yourself, you should also be aware of these other things:
• Most injuries you sustain at work are covered under worker’s compensation rules, but there are two exceptions: injuries you sustain through reckless behavior (such as horseplay) and injuries you sustain while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
• Sometimes it isn’t easy to collect your worker’s compensation. It can sometimes be difficult to prove your injuries are directly related to your job; your employer may try to get you back to work before you are physically ready; if a judge has found in your favor, your company’s insurance may file an appeal.
• If you are injured at work, you should let your supervisor know as soon as possible. This is an important first step in filing a claim and receiving compensation. The next step is to see a physician who has been approved by your employer.
If you have been injured at work and you feel like you are not getting the benefits you are owed – or if it is taking a very long time to get these benefits – you need a knowledgeable and experienced attorney to help you. Contact Laurie Robbins, an Atlanta attorney with the compassion and expertise you need at this time. Contact the Atlanta office at 404-252-8117 today for a free consultation.