COMMON WORKPLACE INJURIES
Arms, Legs and Hands
Sports figures are not the only workers who sustain occupational injuries to their extremities. Everyday workers also have torn shoulder rotator cuffs, broken fingers or a "blown meniscus" in their knees. These painful injuries may happen to everyone from clerical assistants to construction workers to truck drivers.
Repetitive motion injuries: carpal tunnel syndrome, epicondylitis, Gunyon canal syndrome, or rotator cuff syndrome
A work injury is not always caused by a sudden or immediate accident. In many cases, the work-related injury occurs over time. These cases are generally called "cumulative trauma disorder", "occupational overuse syndrome", or "repetitive strain injuries." The most "well-known" repetitive motion injury manifests itself as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).
Head and Brain Injuries
As one can imagine, head and brain injuries are generally the most costly type of workers' compensation claims to the injured worker as well as the Employer. More than 5 million Americans suffer traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Not surprisingly most of these head injuries occur as a result of car accidents and falls arising out of and in the course of employment.
Back, neck and spinal cord injuries that happen at work
An injury to the spine may cause pain stemming from the employee's low back to the base of her neck. These injuries may cause a tremendous amount of pain and immobility that may affect even the simplest of everyday activities. In a workers' compensation setting,
Depression and counseling needs after a workplace injury
The impact of a workers' compensation case can be significant and life changing for the injured workers and their loved ones. In addition to the physical injuries, the workers may develop ongoing emotional scars long after the workplace accident happened. Some workers may suffer from clinical depression as a result of the work-related accident.
Loss of Life
Get your free consultation Please leave this field empty. Loss Of Life The loss of an employee's life is devastating and tragic to everyone. Unfortunately, the death of an employee as a result of a workplace accident occurs often in Georgia. These work-related deaths include construction accidents, car collision fatalities, and even workplace violence. Most workplace deaths occur in high risk job sectors that involve hazardous material, dangerous conditions, or large equipment. However, work-related deaths may be caused by faulty equipment, unsafe surroundings, or the negligence of others. In the tragic event of an employee's death, the Employer/Insurance Company may be responsible for the employee's burial and funeral expenses. Moreover, the Employer/Insurance Company may be responsible for weekly income benefits made payable to the Employee's spouse (husband or wife), children, or other relatives or people who depended on the employee for financial support. If there are no dependents, the Employer/Insurance Company may pay $10,000 to the state's registry. No amount of money is worth the value of an employee's life. However, in the event of a workplace death, the workers' compensation benefits are generally received by the employee's dependents such as his wife, her husband or children. In some cases the spousal benefits will last until the spouse remarries. In cases where the benefits vest in the children, the benefits may last until the youngest child reaches 18 years of age. Regrettably, workplace fatalities occur throughout Georgia, including the Metro-Atlanta counties of Barrow, Bartow, DeKalb, Fulton, Fayette, Forsyth, Cobb, Carroll, Cherokee, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Paulding, Hall, Walton, Newton, Henry, and Douglas, but also Coweta, Baldwin, Bibb, Thomas, Laurens, Mitchell, and Houston counties. The Ramos Law Firm attorneys have handled numerous death claims and are very well-versed in the law surrounding the dependency benefits owed to the decedent employee's spouse, children, and others who may have relied on the employee for financial stability. In today's age, there are often questions about the legitimacy of children and the rightful entitlement of workers' compensation benefits. There are also questions about partial dependency with relation to step-children, ex-wives, former husbands, and non-relatives who may stake claim to the workers' compensation benefits. The lawyers at the Ramos Law Firm have successfully litigated all sides of the death claim for their clients. Additionally, the Ramos Law Firm has been a financial contributor to Kids' Chance of Georgia, an organization dedicated to providing educational scholarships to the children...