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Even The Most Dangerous Jobs Get Workers’ Compensation

When you start a new job, you are often required to fill out paperwork regarding workers’ compensation. There aren’t a lot of people out there that read all of the information before they sign it but when you are working in a clothing store you think to yourself “how will I get hurt working here?” Just because you may not get hurt working retail, there are a lot of jobs out there that are more dangerous which makes worker’s comp necessary.

Emergency Workers

This category includes EMTs, firefighters, and police officers. They go out every shift and risk their lives to save the lives of others. If their lives are as dramatic as the characters who play them on TV, it is no wonder they need protection while on the job. They get shot at, rush into fires and go into dangerous looking places. They would never be able to afford the medical care they need.

Animal-Care Workers

This may come as a surprise as being a dangerous job because, after all, dogs and cats are adorable, right? While this is true, animals big and small are unpredictable. They can bite, kick and make you chase after them. Large animals, like horses, are capable of killing dozens of people every year and deaths in this field account for 11% of on-the-job fatalities.

Construction Workers

We see them out in the hot sun as well as cold, snowy days. The men and women in the construction field have a whole host of possible injuries ranging from heat stroke to machinery accidents. If they are hurt and can’t work., these workers can be in dire financial straights.

No matter what type of job you have, if you are hurt on the job and can’t work, the personal injury lawyers at James A. Rice can help you get the help you need. Call today.

Worker’s Compensation Facts

 

Sources:

http://www.dol.gov/owcp/energy/regs/compliance/statistics/WebPages/GEORGIA.htm

http://www.bls.gov/news.release/osh.nr0.htm

http://www.ssa.gov/policy/docs/statcomps/supplement/2013/workerscomp.html

Fighting For Worker’s Comp: The Samurai Way

No matter what kind of career you are in, there is always a potential to get injured. Whether you are sitting at a desk or working in a factory. Granted, the chances of something happening while sitting in an office is smaller than when you are working in a factory, the risk is still there. Most companies offer a worker’s compensation package for if/when you get hurt. In most cases, if you are injured on the job, management will take immediate action and start writing everything done and creating records of what is happening and what course of action they are going to take.

Sadly, there are places out there that aren’t prepared for a workplace injury. Heaven forbid you have an injury so bad that it requires you to go to the emergency room. The ER will hold you responsible for the bill if your company doesn’t offer worker’s compensation. Then, you could be out of a job for a while, if not permanently. How will you pay your bills?

At James A. Rice, we are here to help you. If the company that you work for does not offer worker’s compensation to you, then they are not following the rules and regulations of the Department of Labor. Our worker’s compensation lawyers can help you with any of the following:

Getting Compensation

When you are hurt and can’t work, this means that you cannot make the money to pay your bills. When companies don’t offer worker’s comp, you are responsible for all of the bills that you incur during your recovery. This includes lost wages which is a major issue that often gets overlooked while you are focusing on getting better. It is important to get in touch with one of our lawyers as soon as possible so that you aren’t collecting debt.

Keeping your job

Sometimes, after you are hurt on the job and cannot work, the company that you are currently working for will need to hire someone else do do your job. If the place of business is downright cruel, they may end up firing you instead of holding your job while you recover. This is against the law. If your company does this, you need to seek legal help as soon as possible.

Our personal injury lawyers want to help you get the justice you deserve. You should be able to recover from a work related injury without having to worry about whether or not you can return to work. You should also not have to worry about the bills on the table that are piling up because you cannot pay them since you no longer have a job to make money. We are happy to gather the information you need in order to take your company to court so that you can get the compensation that you need in order to get back on your feet.

If you have any questions regarding worker’s compensation and want to know if you have a case, contact the personal injury lawyers at Jame A. Rice for a free consultation.