The National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries Prove that Hiring a Workers Compensation Attorney Is Important
Fatalities and serious workplace injuries are on a rise in the United States. Year after year, workplace deaths are increasing South Carolina. If a loved one has died at work, or you have suffered a serious on the job injury, it is important to hire an experienced workers’ compensation attorney so that you are fully protected under the laws of South Carolina. Without an attorney, the insurance company can take advantage of you and quickly deny benefits that the law affords you for medical treatment, pay while not at work, and disability payments for permanent injuries or death. The insurance company has a team of lawyers, so should you!
Based on the current National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries published by the U.S. Department of Labor Statistics, there were a total of 5,190 fatal work injuries recorded in the United States in 2016, a 7-percent increase from the 4,836 fatal injuries reported in 2015, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. (See chart 1.) This is the third consecutive increase in annual workplace fatalities and the first time more than 5,000 fatalities have been recorded by the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) since 2008. The fatal injury rate increased to 3.6 per 100,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) workers from 3.4 in 2015, the highest rate since 2010. https://www.bls.gov/news.release/pdf/cfoi.pdf
Work injuries involving transportation incidents remained the most common fatal event in 2016, accounting for 40 percent (2,083). Violence and other injuries by persons or animals increased 23 percent to become the second-most common fatal event in 2016. Two other events with large changes were exposure to harmful substances or environments, which rose 22 percent, and fires and explosions, which declined 27 percent.
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If you or a loved one has suffered a work place fatality or a serious injury while on the job, you need to hire an experienced lawyer to help navigate you through the complex workers’ compensation laws. Don’t settle for less than the best, contact the lawyers at the Goings Law Firm today to see how we can help you. It will not cost you anything for a free consultation, call us at 803-350-9230 today.
At least three workers from the Westinghouse nuclear plant in Columbia were recently hospitalized due to burn injuries they sustained in an accident, a September 25 article from The State reported.
According to reports, the incident happened at 4:30 a.m. when a wash tank burst and steam was released that resulted in three injuries. The injured workers, whose names were withheld, were brought to a local hospital then transferred to a burn center in Augusta. Though an internal investigation was conducted after the incident, Westinghouse spokeswoman Jessica Barfield stated that it was caused by “a mechanical issue”. Ms. Barfield also confirmed that the incident did not compromise the public and/or the environment.
Workers who suffer burn injuries in their workplace unfortunately struggle to support the financial needs of their families. However, if this happens to you in Columbia, the lawyers of Goings Law Firm, LLC may possibly help you get the workers’ compensation benefits you need while recovering. Find out how we may work for you today by calling (803) 350-9230.