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Fatal workplace injuries on the rise

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has released a new report showing a 7-percent jump in fatal workplace injuries between 2015 and 2016. It cited transportation as the most common cause of death on the job-accounting for about two-fifths of all incidences. Violence in the workplace rose 23 percent in the last year, making it the second most common cause of death at work.

What is your injury worth? Maybe less than you think, study finds

When it comes to seeking compensation for injuries after a work-related accident, it's oftentimes easy for insurers to total the damages that should be covered. That's because the cost of a doctor's visit, medical procedures, a hospital stay, an ambulance ride, prescription costs, other medical treatments and lost wages are relatively easy to calculate because they have a monetary cost associated with them. Psychological injuries, on the other hand, aren't so easy to calculate.

What is your injury worth? Maybe less than you think, study finds

When it comes to seeking compensation for injuries after a work-related accident, it's oftentimes easy for insurers to total the damages that should be covered. That's because the cost of a doctor's visit, medical procedures, a hospital stay, an ambulance ride, prescription costs, other medical treatments and lost wages are relatively easy to calculate because they have a monetary cost associated with them. Psychological injuries, on the other hand, aren't so easy to calculate.

Nurses: Perhaps the most overlooked victims of workplace injury

If you've ever spent time in a hospital in Georgia or anywhere else, you likely have a fond memory of at least one of the nurses on your floor. Their stories and compassion are legend. Unfortunately, so are their claims for on-the-job injuries.

Five things that can cost you your workers' comp in Georgia

Most workers in Georgia know that if they suffer an on-the-job injury, then the costs of treatment and lost wages will be covered by their employer's workers compensation insurance. Unfortunately, far too many workers don't understand that there are things they might be doing that could jeopardize this coverage.

Is your employer one of the 'Dirty Dozen?'

In 1970, the Occupational Health and Safety Act was signed, promising safer working environments for employees all across the nation. Since its passage, "the number of annual workplace deaths has dropped by 65 percent," states a recent article for Oye! Times. Unfortunately, despite the passage of the OHS Act, workplace accidents are still happening resulting in injuries, occupational illnesses and fatalities.

Dairy manure ponds just one deadly hazard in agricultural work

The Idaho Statesman recently published a major story on the dangers of agricultural work, and especially the hazards associated with manure ponds. While the focus was on Idaho, there's no reason the accidents described in the story couldn't have occurred here in Georgia.

Top 4 reasons not to return to work too quickly after an injury

Even though employees are an employer's most valuable asset, when it comes to work-related injuries, an employer's best interests can sometimes be at odds with an employee's best interests. On-the-job injuries can lead to higher insurance premiums, which isn't ideal for employers. Unfortunately, returning to work too quickly after an injury isn't good for employees.

So, your employer doesn't believe you are really injured...

Suffering an injury that no one can see from the outside can be incredibly frustrating, especially when that injury is work-related. You know that your pain is real, you will need medical attention and you will need time away from work to heal. Unfortunately, your boss has a skeptical look in their eye, possibly even thinking you're lying about your condition.

Is compensation for an illness possible after employment ends?

The answer to the question above might not seem very promising when faced with the results in a 1998 article published by the Journal of Occupational & Environmental Medicine. According to a study outlined in the article, roughly 97 percent of workers living with an occupational illness don't receive compensation for their work-related condition.

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