We all wish the workplace would be safe for everyone who spends the majority of their waking hours on the job. But sadly, that is not always true.
Whether at a construction site, driving a big-rig for work, coming in contact with dangerous equipment, falls, slips, trips, or exposure to harmful substances on the job, these accidents happen frequently in Alabama.
In 2017, there were 83 deaths that occurred in an Alabama workplace, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
There is a bit of good news when it comes to reporting workplace injuries in Alabama. That number declined by 17 from the previous year but it was still 13 fatalities higher than 2015.
Generally, the number of fatal occupational injuries in Alabama has ranged from a low of 70 in 2015 to a high of 155 in 1996, according to the federal group. Meanwhile in the U.S. overall, there are about 23,000 on the job injuries every day, including 5,000 fatalities.
Workplace Injuries – Where do they happen in Alabama?
The most dangerous jobs in Alabama appear to be in natural resources, mining, transportation, warehousing, and construction.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics considers injuries in the following categories:
- Transportation – Many jobs in Alabama involve
construction and transportation. Transportation incidents resulted in 34 of the
fatal work-related injuries in 2017, more than any other category recorded by
the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This may include accidents involving the
operator of eighteen-wheelers and injuries involving unloading big-rigs, or
being struck by a vehicle.
- Equipment – The economy of Alabama relies on the
use of heavy equipment. Forestry is the
state’s second largest industry and altogether that sector accounted for 21
fatalities, whether being injured by a saw, or being hit with a heavy falling object
on the job, or crushed in equipment, or a collapsing structure.
- Falls – Falls, slips, and trips accounted for the
third most frequent category of job events with 13 fatalities. Falls to a lower
level were a frequent cause of death.
- Exposure – Eight job-related deaths were due to
exposure to harmful substances or environments, often at the states 200 known
chemical companies. Contact with toxins, chlorine, stabilizers, and oxidants
can come through direct skin contact or inhalation of the harmful substance.
- Violence – Believe it or not there were five
incidents of violence in the workplace in 2017 that led to three homicides.
Workplace Injury Compensation
Employees in Alabama are covered by workers’ compensation, intended to help employees who are injured on the job. It’s required coverage provided by employers of four or more workers. Make sure you are covered when you take your job.
Your coverage may include doctor visits, therapy, hospitalization, drugs, prosthesis, and mileage to and from the doctor.
Under state law, regardless of whether a personal injury lawsuit is filed, your employer must pay for reasonable medical treatment. There is no limit on the number of payments.
If your injury is directly due to a work accident, according to medical experts, that employer may have the responsibility of covering treatment for your lifetime. In return, you cannot sue your employer for negligence under workers’ compensation laws.
Needless to say, the employer may attempt to choose a doctor who minimizes the medical treatment you require. This is when you need to seek the professional representation of an Alabama workers’ compensation attorney who understands your rights.
Workers’ compensation insurance will extend coverage, even if you were only employed part-time in Alabama. You may not have even been on the worksite but on the clock at the time of the injury.
- Two-thirds of your average weekly wages during the time you are unable to work
- Payment of work-related medical bills
- Provide you with a lump settlement if you are
unable to return to work or have a permanent disability
Additionally, if a third party was involved in causing your injury, you may be able to seek recovery by filing a workers’ compensation claim along with a personal injury claim against the third party, which may even include a jury trial.
Birmingham law firm Mann & Potter invites you to our offices to discuss your workplace injury. You can rely on our years of experience in the courtroom and negotiating settlements to seek the compensation that you deserve. Call us at 205-627-3186 to begin the conversation.