As previously discussed on this blog, accidents in the workplace can and do occur in every profession. Oftentimes, these incidences occur more frequently than we are aware. One would think that this fact would give way to increased safety measures and, in turn, more safe workplaces. However, a study recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics paints a grim portrait of America's workplace safety.
Accidents happen, but they can also be the cause of financial hardships. Workers' compensation benefits can be a real boon to injured workers who are struggling to make ends meet. It can provide periodic and consistent payouts that help an injured individual recoup lost wages and pay for unexpected medical expenses. Although it may seem like recovering these benefits is automatic upon injury, this is far from the truth. In fact, many New Yorker's see their workers' compensation claims denied, thereby necessitating an appeal.
New Yorkers who have been injured on the job have two very important matters on their minds. The first is finding the financial stability their family needs, and the second is recovering back to health so that they can get back to work. The workers' compensation system seeks to provide financial relief while injured workers focus on reclaiming their health, but the matter can be complicated by a number of legal issues.
Any profession can pose a danger to those who work it. As we discussed in a recent post, construction workers can be especially susceptible to injuries caused bt workplace accidents. However, even those who work relatively safe jobs can be hurt while working. Office employees can suffer back injuries, delivery drivers can be hurt in a car accident and retail employees may be hurt in a trip and fall accident. Regardless of the cause, though, so long as the injury occurred while work duties were being performed, workers' compensation benefits are likely recoverable.
Construction work can be a nice paying and steady occupation in the New York area. Yet, as these workers know, it doesn't come without its disadvantages. In addition to the long hours, the grueling work conditions and the strenuous labor involved, this profession can be downright dangerous. Even the safest workers can be at risk of being injured on the job when an accident takes them by surprise. In these instances, individuals can be left with injuries that are so serious that they are hospitalized, forced to take time off of work and even suffer disability.
New York City has been seeing a building boom lately. While this is good for the economy and local workers, it also means that there is more potential for workplace accidents to occur. This is especially true for the construction industry. These workers are often put in harm's way by performing their job duties at great heights, near heavy machinery and in close proximity to swiftly moving traffic. It only takes the blink of an eye for a mistake to be made and for workers to be injured. Even those who are properly trained, aware and precautious on the job are not immune to the risks posed by workplace injuries.
Going to work should never be a dangerous activity. Yet, for many New Yorkers it is. These hardworking men and women rely on the government and their employers to provide them with the safest working conditions possible. When they fail to do so, these workers can be left subjected to hazardous conditions that can prove deadly, as evidenced by two recent fatalities in Manhattan.
Employees across the nation face unpleasant events in the workplace. Some of this could seriously impact their lives, such as a serious accident. A workplace accident can leave an individual with significant injuries, requiring him or her to incur extensive medical expenses and lost wages. As burdensome as this can be, it pales in comparison to the losses suffered by family members that lost a loved one in an on-the-job accident. In addition to the emotional pain and suffering they may face, these surviving family members can face extensive financial losses that can affect them both short and long-term.
For many New Yorkers, going to work is just part of their daily routine. Yet, when an unexpected workplace accident leaves them injured, their routine may be thrown out the window. These injured workers may find themselves unable to work and in need of extensive medical care if they hope to recover from their harm and get back to work. However, oftentimes workers who suffer an on-the-job injury are unable to fully recover.
Being injured on the job is no small thing. What may seem like a minor incident can leave an individual with the need for extensive medical care and the inability to work for a significant period of time. These unexpected costs, medical expenses and lost wages can leave a worker in a tough financial position. Without taking action, he or she may be unable to make ends meet, which can start a snowball of debt and despair.