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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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It is a tragedy to lose any loved one, but in our Atlanta workers’ compensation law firm’s experience, it is especially tragic to lose a loved one to a construction accident that potentially could have been avoided.

The Fatal Four

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the top four most common accidents ultimately caused 54.2 percent of construction worker deaths in 2012. These “fatal four” causes of death include:
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A few inches of snow might signal a typical winter day in some states, but in the temperate South, a few flurries can wreak havoc. This was the case in Atlanta on Jan. 28, as citizens quickly realized the seemingly harmless snowfall was anything but. Thousands of people left work early and fled to their cars in an attempt to make it home before the light snowfall turned the roads into perilous paths of ice. The mass exodus of drivers simultaneously fleeing the city combined with the dangerous conditions caused disastrous traffic jams and more than 1,000 accidents.

Now that the disaster has ended, we can reflect back on the legality of the matter. Amid the praises of relief and gratitude expressed towards the kind souls who helped their fellow citizens during the catastrophe, there were also several cries of outrage. Many employees were enraged that companies didn’t think to close their offices, with some even blaming their employers for accidents they got into on their way home. This predicament raises the question: Can employers be held liable if employees get in weather-related accidents driving to or from work?

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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:

A Colorado jury awarded a truck driver $ 10 million for injuries she experienced after a fall in a metro-Denver Wal-Mart parking lot.

While making a store delivery, Holly Averty slipped on grease and ice near the truck ramp, according to ABC of Denver . Averty injured her back, requiring three surgeries and medical bills of almost $500,000. Due to the cost of medical bills and her inability to work, her truck was repossessed.

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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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