Workplace accidents are one of the most common types of injuries that occur in the United States. Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you may be able to receive compensation either from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance or in a traditional personal injury or products liability action. Workplace accidents can be very serious, and can result in serious injury, disability, or even death. The Law Offices of Shane Smith is a law firm that is committed to representing individuals injured at the workplace, and is dedicated to getting each client we represent the highest possible settlement or award possible.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2010 there were 139,064,000 civilian workers employed in the public and private labor force in the United States. Workplace injuries occur every day, and more than 4,500 workers in the United States lost their lives due to injuries sustained at the workplace. In 2010 alone, it is estimated that 3.9 million workers suffered from nonfatal injuries, and of those 3.9 million, 2 million were transferred, had work restrictions imposed, or took time off work.
The cost of workplace injuries affect employers, workers, and society at large for the expenses and lost work and wages that occur as a result of workplace injuries. Employers spent $74 billion on workers’ compensation insurance in 2009. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in regard to nonfatal injuries and illness in private industry, in 2011 there were:
- 2,986,500 recordable cases
- 908,300 cases involving days away from work
- 340,870 cases involving sprains, strains, and tears
- 182,270 cases involving injuries to the back
- 225,550 cases involving falls, slips, or trips
In addition, the median amount of work missed due to workplace injuries was 8 days.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
Employers have a duty to provide a safe work environment, and when they fail to do so, they can be held liable for the injuries they cause. Workplace injuries are governed by a specific set of laws that establish how an injured person can recover, so it is important to have an experienced Fayette County workplace injury lawyer review you case to determine whether you may have a claim. To schedule a consultation with one of our Atlanta personal injury attorneys, call us today at (770) 484-8999.