Recent analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics identified that there are several most dangerous jobs across the United States.Individuals working in a dangerous occupation may be at a higher risk of getting hurt on the job and filing a workers’ compensation claim.
The most dangerous jobs in order include:
- Flight engineers and aircraft pilots
- Recyclable material and refuse collectors
- Agricultural managers and farmers
- Steel workers and structural iron
- Truck drivers and driver sales workers
- Power line installers and repairmen
- Taxi drivers and chauffeurs
- Supervisors of extraction and construction employees
- Construction laborers
These statistics were compiled based on the number of fatal injuries for every 100,000 workers across 2014.There are many different jobs that can put employees at greater risk of being injured. Being hurt on the job has the potential to change your life forever.
Shortly after the accident, you will need to speak to your employer about the injuries you’ve sustained.Even if you’re not yet sure that you’ll file an official workers’ comp claim, you could be closing yourself off to benefits if you don’t report the injury.
Your Rights as an Employee
As an injured employee, you have rights. Your employer cannot discriminate against you because you have decided to file a workers’ compensation claim, for example.Many employees, however, don’t realize the full range of their rights after they are hurt.
An employee might be concerned that he or she will be treated differently for filing a claim and therefore decide not to file one at all.Or the employee might think that an employer will fire him or her and that it’s best to avoid filing a claim.
After a workplace injury or being diagnosed with a workplace illness, it’s a bad idea to avoid taking action as a workers’ compensation claim may be the only way to protect yourself and your rights.Never underestimate the potential costs of a serious workplace injury.
If you are unable to return to work or live your life as you did prior to the accident, it can be very difficult for you to cope physically as well as emotionally with these changes.This is why workers’ compensation insurance is in place to help injured employees focus on recovery during this challenging time.
Benefits provided to workers under New Jersey workers’ compensation typically include death benefits, lost wages, rehabilitation services and medical expenses.No person expects to be injured on the job. However, it can and does happen. How you respond to the situation will likely influence your future ability to recover and earn a living.
More than 1.1 million injuries happened in workplaces across America in 2011 and the average recuperation time for each employee was 8 days.
Some of the most common injuries for all workers’ compensation claims include:
- Slip or trip and fall accidents
- Falling to a lower level
- Bodily reaction like a sprained or a twisted ankle
- Being struck by an object
- Highway accidents
- Machinery accidents
- Repetitive motion injuries
All of these can have devastating consequences for an employee who is attempting to recover to the best of his or her ability. It can be overwhelming to go through this process and realize that your life will never be the same after the accident.
Workers’ compensation insurance requires that you contact your employer immediately about your injury and fill out any paperwork requested by your employer.
What if My Claim is Denied?
If your workers’ compensation claim is approved, then you will be eligible to receive benefits as soon as possible.However, in situations where your workers’ compensation claim is denied, you may need an attorney to help you navigate the hearing and other appeals levels of the process to protect your rights.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Claim Attorney
If you are unable to return to work and are struggling to cope with your life after an accident on the job, workers’ compensation insurance could be the critical support system you need.
Learn more about what you can expect when you file a workers’ compensation claim: http://www.schibelllaw.com/expect-workers-compensation-case/
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