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A slip-and-fall accident can change your life in an instant

Regardless of your profession or the industry in which you work, you should never overlook the fact that you could suffer an on the job injury at some point.

There are many causes of workplace injuries, with slip-and-fall accidents among the most common.

3 things to know about workers’ comp in Georgia

It was your first day on the job in a machine shop when you saw it happen. One of the veteran machinists got his hand caught in a piece of equipment when it malfunctioned. As the ambulance drove off, you heard the other employees talking about how the victim might lose his hand and how he might never work in a machine shop again. Naturally, you are wondering what would have happened if that had been you. How would you pay your medical bills? How would you pay your rent if you couldn't work?

Fortunately, there are safety nets in place for employees that suffer a work-related injury. If your employer has workers' compensation insurance in Georgia, you could be entitled to benefits if you find yourself in a situation similar to the above scenario. Read further to find out three important things you should know about workers' compensation laws in Georgia.

How long can you receive workers' compensation medical coverage?

When you get seriously hurt at work, you may just assume that your medical needs will get covered. While that is a reasonable expectation, as you have worked for years or even decades, in reality there are situations when workers' compensation just doesn't offer enough coverage for workers hurt while performing their jobs.

Georgia prides itself on being an employer and industry-friendly state, which means that workers have less protection here than in other parts of the country. People who work in factories and other industrial settings, like construction sites, can get seriously and permanently injured in the line of work. Sadly, the current state workers' compensation system may leave some of these people without adequate medical coverage for conditions resulting from work.

Know the causes of construction accidents to avoid them

After working in the Dallas area construction industry for the last several years, you have seen plenty of accidents happen. You have even had a few close calls yourself. While you may not be able to avoid every accident, knowing the most common types of injuries will certainly help you.

Knowing about every potential hazard and danger on the job site, while an advantage, will not keep you safe 100 percent of the time. No matter how many precautions you take, some things happen that are completely out of your control and unavoidable. Since catastrophic workplace accidents happen, many employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. If you or a loved one is ever injured on the job, you might be eligible to receive workers' compensation benefits. Read further to learn more about common causes of construction injuries.

Common workplace injuries for women

Regulations aim to provide equal opportunities for everyone. While the intent of work safety guidelines is fairness and safety for everyone, men and women have different bodies that respond to circumstances differently. Studies show that men and women are both injured on the job—men more often than women—but in different ways and at different rates.

The workplace is often designed with a single gender in mind and does not make necessary accommodations for the different physical attributes of men and women. Women tend to be shorter, have different body types and different core strength. Building layouts, shelf heights and other seemingly minor details can impact worker safety. In addition to physical differences, the response and toll of stress is likely to be different, based on personal and social expectations for each gender.

Hurt on the job? Make sure you know what benefits you have

It can be large or small, catastrophic or seemingly insignificant. The fact is that each year, many people are hurt on the job. Some injuries are so severe, the family immediately contacts a lawyer; but sometimes what seems like a small injury turns into a long-term chronic injury and many people don’t know that they are still entitled to medical care and lost wages if the damage was caused by your work, and it causes you to miss work.

If you are hurt at work, you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. Do you know what your rights are? Whom can you contact to preserve your rights?

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