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Responding to Workplace Injuries and Filing for Workers Compensation
Everyone has a place of work that has some level of degree of danger. Meaning that employees need to take time to ensure they have the proper training and plan of action to effectively respond to an emergency. With this in mind, September is on the brink and it brings along National Preparedness Month, so now it is a good time for you and your employer to evaluate your terms of safety in the event of an unfortunate accident or disaster. As an Atlanta personal injury attorney, we want to remind employers and staff about workers’ compensation entitlement and disaster preparedness.
Any unforeseen event where you or your coworkers encounter must have some contingency plan in mind. Very often, an injury in the workplace can mean disruption of work, physical or psychological harm to employees or customers and damages to equipment or goods. The Federal Emergency Management Agency wishes to raise awareness to everyone. However, what most employers may not realize is that the Occupational Safety and Health Administrator (OSHA) requires firms with more than 10 employees to have an emergency action plan. Employers should review emergency plans carefully with their employees for emergency situations including:
- Hazardous substances release
- Weather-related events
- Threats of violence
Does Workers’ Compensation Cover All Injuries?
Although workers’ compensation covers most injuries, not all incidents would be covered. Generally workers’ compensation would cover unfortunate injuries that are related to disastrous situations. However, most employees need to know that not all injuries are covered. Coverage may be denied in situations including:
- Self-inflicted injuries
- Injuries suffered while committing a crime
- Injuries suffered while off the clock
- Actions that include violating company policy
- Harmful experiences that occur while intoxicated or under the influence
Connect with an Atlanta Workers’ Compensation Attorney
If your employer or insurance carrier has informed you that your claim is barred or unlawful then it is important to consult with an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in workers’ compensation to evaluate the validity of your case. Contact our Atlanta work accident attorney’s office and learn how to make a claim for your injuries. Call us at 404) 839-2300.