Meat-packing is an inherently dangerous profession that exposes workers to a wide range of hazards—some of which could be potentially fatal—on a daily basis. From biological agents to powerful equipment and beyond, there are a plethora of ways meat-packing plant employees can sustain injuries on the job. Here are some of the most common hazards meat-packing plant workers face:
- High noise levels
- Slippery floors
- Hazardous chemicals
- Dangerous equipment
- Exposure to animal blood and feces
- Confined spaces
- Repetitive motions
Exposure to these conditions can lead to accidents, injuries, and even deaths. Injuries and ailments associated with the meat-packing profession include:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Skin rashes
- Skin infections
- Gastrointestinal infections (vomiting and diarrhea)
- Sepsis (blood infection)
- Eye or vision loss
- Repetitive motion injuries (such as carpal tunnel)
- Cuts and lacerations
- Eye, nose, and throat irritation
- Coughing and shortness of breath
Meat-packing plant employees who are injured on the job during the course and scope of their employment are entitled to workers' compensation benefits that may include medical treatment, wage replacement payments, and mileage reimbursement for medically necessary travel. Family members of workers killed on the job may be entitled to death benefits and funeral expenses.
If you were injured while working at a Georgia meat-packing plant, you're likely entitled to benefits. However, collecting the benefits you deserve for an on-the-job injury can be more difficult than it sounds. At Rechtman & Spevak, our adept Atlanta workers' compensation attorneys help injured meat-packing plant workers protect their rights and get the benefits they're owed. We may be able to do the same for you.
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When you've been hurt at work, you should be able to focus on your physical recovery without having to worry about wrangling for the workers' compensation benefits that should be yours. Let Rechtman & Spevak's highly skilled workers' comp lawyers protect your rights and vigorously advocate on your behalf. Ready to find out what we can do for you and your case? Contact us today to schedule an appointment for a free initial case review.