Accidents & Workers’ Comp
October 22, 2019
As of the end of March 2019, all school bus drivers in Georgia may need to be vetted twice per year by public safety officials. Georgia lawmakers recently passed a bus driver safety bill in the state Senate and House. The Georgia Senate passed the bill unanimously on March 26. The bill would... continue reading
May 2, 2019
For more than 45 years, the Injuries, Illnesses and Fatalities program at the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has compiled statistics about injuries, illnesses and fatalities on the job in the U.S. According to a recent survey of the last 25 years of data, U.S. workers are getting injured less and... continue reading
Given the amount of time the average person spends at work, it is not surprising that a large number of accidents and injuries occur in the workplace.According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were approximately 4,400 fatal work injuries nationwide in 2013. Of the 70 fatal work injuries reported in Georgia that year, 24 resulted from transportation incidents, 17 from contact with objects and equipment, and 14 from falls, slips, or trips. The most recent available data also shows that in 2012 there were over 3 million cases of nonfatal injuries and illnesses. These injuries stem from a wide range of incidents and an even wider range of causes. Because there are unique issues surrounding workplace injuries, it is wise for anyone who has been injured on the job to seek legal advice. The Middle Georgia worksite injury lawyers of the Mann Law Firm are ready and able to provide experienced and knowledgeable representation.
Workers’ Compensation InsuranceThe majority of injuries sustained at work are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. This insurance is paid for by your employer and is designed to cover medical expenses as well as lost wages resulting from a workplace injury. In Georgia, workers are covered by worker’s compensation for the entirety of their employment, from their first day on the job until their last. One of the main benefits of the worker’s compensation system is that an injured worker can be awarded benefits for lost wages and medical expenses without having to file a lawsuit to prove that the injuries were the fault of the employer. The system also prevents the worker from bringing a third-party claim against his or her employer to recover damages sustained in a workplace accident. There are, however, a number of exceptions to these principles. An employee may, for example, file a third-party claim if the injury sustained was caused by someone other than themselves, a co-worker, or their employer. Instances in which a worker may be able to file a claim include the following:
- Injuries caused by a worker from a different company on the worker’s job site
- Industrial accidents resulting from defective products manufactured by someone other than the worker’s employer
- Injuries caused by unsafe premises (if owned or operated by someone other than the worker’s employer).