Category Archives: Hurt at work

Our Macon workers’ compensation attorneys have posted stories about what you should do if you are hurt at work.

Data Shows That Many Injured Workers Never Substantially Return to Work

If you are injured on the job, are you likely to return to work in any substantial capacity? A study of 15 states found that between 10 and 18 percent of injured workers never manage a substantial return to work. The multiyear study, “Comparing Outcomes for Injured Workers, 2016 Interviews,” was conducted by the Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI). The institute recently released data for six states – Indiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin – which, combined with data from nine other states including Georgia, showed that between one in ten and one in five workers face bad prospects of returning to meaningful work. Using interviews conducted from 2013 to 2016, researchers looked at injured worker outcomes and analyzed them based on physical health and functioning, return to work, earnings recovery, access to medical care and satisfaction with medical care. The goal of the study is to inform policymakers…
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Death in the Workplace at Georgia Power Plant

The death of a 20-year-old worker at Georgia Power’s Plant Scherer has led to an investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Details are still hazy as to what happened to cause his death, but Monroe County Coroner Joey Proctor stated that he had been hit in the head with some type of equipment. Working in the energy industry can be unsafe, but that’s not simply due to the nature of the work. When safety protocols are followed by the employer and employees, these jobs should be no more dangerous than sitting at a desk. However, negligent behavior combined with heavy equipment can easily lead to a fatal work accident. As more information comes out about the Plant Scherer worker’s death, we’ll see whether negligence of a third party contributed to the accident. Who is Liable When an Independent Contractor Dies on the Job? The classification of a…
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Can Disobedience Result in a Loss of Workers’ Comp Benefits?

If an employee who disobeys an employer’s instructions and acts in a dangerous fashion is injured as a result, can that person lose workers’ comp benefits? The Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that yes, he or she could lose those benefits. The case in question involved a man named Adrian Burdette, a cellphone tower technician at Chandler Telecon LLC. Burdette was injured in 2012 after falling from a cellphone tower. At the end of his shift, Burdette was instructed to climb down the tower, rather than doing a controlled descent using his safety gear. Burdette instead attempted the controlled descent, but he ended up smashing into an ice bridge, leading to ankle, leg and hip injuries. At first, Georgia’s State Board of Workers’ Compensation denied Burdette benefits on grounds that he was engaged in willful misconduct at the time of the injury. When the case reached the Georgia Court of…
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