Are You an At Risk Worker? Be Prepared!
By Darwin F. Johnson on July 14th, 2015 in Workers Compensation
Every year, workers in Georgia are injured and, every year, they seek compensation. The problem is that getting compensation is easier said than done. That’s why we’ve earned our reputation as worker’s compensation lawyers throughout Atlanta, Georgia, and the surrounding regions—we understand how to get the compensation that workers want. It’s also important to be prepared— individuals that are at higher risk for injuries need to have easy access to legal representation in the unfortunate event of their injury at the workplace. Here are some tips to figure out whether or not you’re at-risk; they are based off of statistics and education and will serve you well.
It’s no secret that construction is a very dangerous job. You work with powerful and large machinery, as well as with heavy objects such as concrete, steel and other construction materials. The materials, machines and tools all work together to create one big risk factor for employees in the construction business. If you are employed in construction, we strongly advise that you seek reliable legal representation to keep yourself protected in the event of your injury. In the unfortunate event that you are injured on the job, you want to get representation as quickly as possible, and see a physician as early as you can, so they can accurately attribute your injury to your employment.
As a younger worker, you are expected to do the more intricate and, oftentimes, more dangerous tasks for your older peers. However, you are still entitled to a safe working environment, and companies that are constantly putting your well-being at risk should be equally prepared to accommodate you in the unfortunate event of your injury. If you’re a young employee working in Atlanta, Georgia, and many of the surrounding regions, we strongly suggest you keep legal representation on hand, just in case.
Immigrant workers are considered by many to be more willing to deal with risk, or are expected to have dealt with more risk in previous employment situations. In the case of undocumented immigrant workers, they are often put in dangerous situations and have their non-citizen status used as a reason to deny them compensation or safe accommodations. If you are an undocumented immigrant working for a company that puts you at risk, don’t let them tell you that you’re not eligible for legal representation! Even undocumented immigrant workers have a right to legal representation in the case that they are unjustly injured due to the negligence of their employer. Demand the right to a safe working environment and, if you are injured, seek legal representation immediately.
There are Many Things to Consider
These are just a few things to keep in mind, in the case of unjust personal injury and worker’s compensation cases throughout Georgia. It’s also important to consider the size of your company—smaller companies have smaller budgets and thus less safety protocol in place. Contact us today for a free consultation and more information on your rights as an employee, especially if you’ve already been injured. You don’t pay, unless we win.