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Helping injured workers with workers’ compensation

An injury can be sustained in any line of work. An Alabama worker in some industries or job functions can have an inherently higher rate of being involved in a work-related injury than others. Construction, mining and transportation are among these industries. When an employee is injured on the job, one means by which he or she can receive help is through the system of workers’ compensation.

Every state in the nation has a program that provides workers’ compensation benefits. Some may be more effective than others and in Illinois some reform has been the topic of recent news material. In one article, the author reiterated the need for any reform to focus clearly on helping injured employees. A work accident victim not only must contend with his or her injuries but also the potential for lost wages, out-of-pocket medical expenses, permanent disability or even death.

The same article identifies transportation as one factor contributing to a large percentage of work-related deaths. In the state of Illinois, for example, more than one-third of all such fatalities involved travel in some capacity. Reducing unsafe working conditions and ensuring responsibility in caring for injured workers or their survivors is noted as critical in by the author.

In Alabama, many jobs can provide a high risk of accident to workers. A crush injury due to a construction site accident is just one example of something that can happen at any time. Anyone involved in such an accident may wish to talk to an attorney to understand how to receive help and compensation.

Source: Pantagraph.com, “Column: Workers’ comp changes should protect employees,” Amelia Buragas and Jean Swee, January 19, 2014

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