Georgia Workers’ Compensation Attorney Discusses the Rise in Fatal Workplace Injuries
Many industries today provide necessary jobs for millions of Americans, but some of those jobs have proven to be dangerous and sometimes fatal for employees and contractors. Such industries include, but are certainly not limited to, mining, construction, law enforcement, agriculture, manufacturing and delivery vehicles.
When a particular job involves manual labor there are additional risks that can make an employee's job more dangerous than any ordinary desk job. Additionally, many desk jobs are not available in today's economic climate, so jobs that involve hard, manual labor are proving to be more attractive to many employees.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there was a rise in the number of fatal workplace injuries from 2013 to 2014. The total number of workplace fatalities that occurred in 2014 totaled 4,679. Of this staggering number, a total of 1,621 workers were aged 55 and older, demonstrating that a wide spectrum of workers are being affected by workplace accidents. Whatever the reason might be for the rise in fatalities resulting from workplace injuries, the fact remains that family members of lost loved ones are left without the financial support they need and deserve. When this happens, the aftermath of a fatal workplace injury goes beyond simply mourning for a lost loved one.
How Can Workers' Compensation Help Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones?
The purpose of workers' compensation is to help injured or ill employees get back on their feet following a workplace injury or illness. In situations where an employee has passed away as a result of a workplace injury or illness, family members of lost loved ones might be entitled to death benefits to provide them with a means to put food on the table, seek necessary medical care, as well as handle many other needs that we face on a daily basis.
While some individuals might not be eligible for workers' compensation benefits, all cases are different, and the only way to know for sure whether or not loved ones are entitled to benefits is to complete the process of filing a claim. However, before pursuing any workers' compensation matter, family members who have tragically lost a loved one due to a fatal workplace injury should discuss the situation with an attorney who can evaluate the facts and circumstances of the incident, as the rules and process can be different than any ordinary workers' compensation claim.
Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation
Suffering a workplace injury can place a huge burden on both yourself as well as your loved ones. Being out of work due to an injury or illness makes it difficult for many families to make ends meet. No matter how your (or a loved one's) workplace injury or illness occurred, it is important that you consider speaking with a skilled Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorney as soon as possible to discuss what options you may have as well as take the necessary steps to protect your rights to compensation.
If you have been injured on the job, the Georgia Workers' Compensation Attorneys at Montlick and Associates, Attorneys at Law, can help you to obtain the compensation you deserve. Our firm has over 39 years of experience in the workers' compensation and personal injury industries. We accept cases across Georgia and in the Southeast. The sooner you act after your workplace accident or exposure, the greater your chances of obtaining a full recovery for your injuries. As such, do not delay in seeking legal assistance. Call Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, 24 hours a day/7 days a week for your Free Consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333). You can also visit us online at www.montlick.com and use our Free Case Evaluation Form or 24-hour Live Online Chat.