Workers’ Compensation Attorneys
Workers’ compensation helps provide financial assistance to employees that had lost some if not all of their wages and earning potential due to an injury or illness contracted at their place of work.
While workers’ compensation and injury laws vary from state to state, many injured workers are eligible to receive compensation for their injuries. In addition to lost wages, this includes any costs that are associated with their treatment and recovery.
Types of High Risk Occupations
The Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Occupational Safety (BLS) and Health Administration’s (OSHA) yearly reported data states that there are certain industries and professions that are acknowledged for being exceptionally more dangerous than others.
The most serious cases of workplace-related injuries or fatalities occur in occupations that require large amounts of manual labor - construction workers, loggers, roofers, etc.
Some of these high risk occupations include (but are not limited to):
- Logging workers
- Commercial fishers and fishing workers
- Aircraft pilots and flight engineers
- Refuse and recycling material collectors
- Structural iron and steel workers
- Truck drivers and sales workers
- Farmers, rangers, and other agricultural managers
- First-line supervisors of construction trades and extraction workers
- Grounds maintenance workers
Most Common Workplace Injuries
Approximately 2.9 million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses were reported to have occurred by the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2016. BLS also reports that cases of workplace injuries are showing a slight decline over the past ten years. Despite this improvement, work-related accidents still occur frequently, some of which as serious enough to be life-altering for the victim and their dependents.
Some of the most common workplace-related injuries include (but are not limited to):
- Sprains, strains, and tears
- Back and neck injuries
- Falls from various heights
- Carpal tunnel syndrome and Tendinitis
- Construction site accidents
- Heart attacks and strokes
- Electrocutions on the job
- Fractures, broken bones
- Burns - thermal and chemical
- Occupational diseases
These types of injuries could be the result of mechanical failure, lax safety regulations or the negligence of management or other coworkers. By staying alert and well-trained, workers can help minimize the chances of incurring a work-related injury.
Types of Workers’ Compensation Types
A compensation system has been developed to help accommodate the specific needs of injured workers and help encourage their return to the workplace.
Each of the benefits listed below has been created to address the specific financial need of the injured individual depending on how severe and debilitating their sustained injuries were.
Some of the worker’s compensation benefits include (but are not limited to):
- Medical Coverage and Care
- Temporary partial disability
- Temporary total disability
- Permanent partial disability
- Permanent total disability
Every state has different laws regarding workers’ compensation. Refer to your employer’s benefits for details on the types of workers’ compensation benefits you are eligible to receive.