CATASTROPHIC ACCIDENTS IN WORKPLACE
Even if the workplace is made safe by following all precautions and safety measures, catastrophic accidents are common in the workplace, especially where heavy machinery and equipment is used. These injuries often happen unexpectedly but leave a life-long impact on the lives of the people. In Georgia, workers who suffer from catastrophic injuries while on the job may be entitled to receive long-time or, in some cases, lifetime benefits because of the continuing nature of the injuries. But commonly, catastrophic injury sufferers are often denied their legitimate rights because the insurer will fight to avoid lifetime award of benefits. That’s when Bobe & Snell worker’s compensation lawyers help you fight for your rights and get you your due compensation.
CATASTROPHIC WORKPLACE INJURIES DEFINED
Defined in the Georgia code in O.C.G.A 34-9-2001, catastrophic workplace injury is defined as any of the following:
- Injuries of the spinal cord involving paralysis
- Amputation of any body part
- Severe head or brain injury involving:
- Sensory disturbance
- Communication interference
- Disturbances in cerebral function
- Neurological disorders
- Extensive degree burns
- Serious or total blindness
- Any injury of nature and severity that has the capability of preventing the employee from performing his/her work.
Evidently, catastrophic accidents result in serious injuries. These injuries can hamper the entire life of the worker and prevent them from living the life they once knew.
CAUSES OF CATASTROPHIC WORKPLACE INJURIES
Catastrophic accidents are not as common as everyday workplace injuries. These incidents take place because of an accident, negligence or carelessness. There are several potential causes of catastrophic accidents. These are:
Workplace falls occur the most in the construction industry. Construction workers and those in similar professions will often find themselves working at heights and might experience falls leading to severe head injury, etc.
Many workplaces contain inflammable materials. When a fire breaks out, employees in the area suffer from severe burns, smoke inhalation injuries and other fire-related catastrophic injuries.
Workplaces that contain chemicals, explosions are likely to happen if proper precaution is not taken.
Electricians and people dealing with electricity are exposed to high voltages of electricity and might suffer from deafness, head trauma, falls, etc.
At Bobe & Snell, our worker’s compensation attorneys are completely aware of the various difficulties related to the worker’s compensation in terms of catastrophic accidents. Our firm thoroughly understands the laws surrounding catastrophic injury claims, the obstacles you might come across and can help you get the compensation that you are due. Visit https://workerscompensationlawyerga.com/wordpress/wordpress/ and obtain the compensation you deserve for your serious injury. Our expert lawyers are also available at 470-268-5802. Call us today and enjoy free consultation.