More than 78,000 private industry workers suffered non-fatal injuries and illnesses—and more than 200 died—in work-related incidents in Georgia in 2019 alone, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The private construction, administrative and support services, waste management, and transportation and warehousing industries accounted for a significant percentage of the reported injuries, illnesses, and fatalities. Commercial truck drivers, construction and extraction laborers, and building and grounds cleaning maintenance workers are particularly at risk.
The most common causes of Georgia workplace injuries, illnesses, and deaths include:
- Falls, slips, and trips
- Auto accidents and other transportation incidents
- Exposure to harmful substances
- Heavy lifting
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Violence or other injuries by persons or animals
What To Do If You're Hurt On the Job
Involved in a workplace accident or diagnosed with an occupational disease or illness? Report it to your employer as soon as possible. Waiting too long to take action can jeopardize your ability to collect much-needed workers' compensation benefits. Also, Georgia has specific requirements for who can—and can't—treat injured workers. When reporting your injury or illness, your employer will provide you with information on approved doctors. It's also wise to contact a knowledgeable and experienced workers' compensation lawyer to discuss your legal rights and options.
How an Attorney Can Help
Georgia workers' compensation is a no-fault system, but that doesn't mean that getting the benefits you need and deserve will be a walk in the park. Having an attorney represent you throughout the claims process means that you always will have someone who is in your corner, and dedicated to protecting your rights and interests. We know the relevant laws and how to use them to our clients' advantage, so while we focus on your claim, you can focus on getting better.
Also, if your loved one was killed in a workplace accident, we can help you explore your rights and options for collecting workers' compensation death benefits.
Talk to Us About Your Workers' Compensation Case
Contact Rechtman and Spevak today to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation initial consultation. We look forward to learning about your situation and discussing how we can assist you.