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Returning back to the workplace after you’ve been injured can be a very difficult transition. This becomes especially true for workers who are injured on the job.

In cases where an employee has to battle their employer and hire an Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer to receive benefits, a sense of animosity may fester that makes returning back to work increasingly difficult. However, if you are injured, whether at work or elsewhere, eventually you are going to return to work, and doing so is a process.
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Although the number of workplace injuries has fallen since 2011, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the risk of injury or illness remains high for employees in air transportation, public sector construction, nursing homes, and some other jobs.

If you were injured while on the job, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Depending on the severity of your injury, your employer could be held liable for lost wages, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, and benefits to your dependents.

Take these steps after a workplace injury to ensure your claim is properly established:

An Ohio jury recently returned a verdict of $5.671 million in favor of a 53-year-old man who sustained severe shoulder injuries as a result of an explosion at an AEP power plant in 2007.

During the trial, the jurors heard testimony that included information about a similar explosion approximately 15 months earlier at an AEP plant in West Virginia. It was found that the plant failed to take any steps to correct that problem. The jury found that the Ohio Power Company, a subsidiary of AEP, acted with a conscious disregard of the plaintiff’s well being.

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