A risk of injury on the job is actually more common than you would expect. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there is one work-related accident about every 10 seconds. There are surprisingly, many jobs out there that one wouldn’t consider to be dangerous, but account for many injuries and accidents. For example, nursing assistants and orderlies each suffer approx 3x the rate of back and other musculoskeletal injuries as construction laborers.

Here Are the Top 5 Most Dangerous Industries in the U.S.

    1. Local Government

    2. Health Care and Social Assistance

    3. Retail Trade

    4. Manufacturing

    5. Leisure and Hospitality

Do you work in one of these leading industries? If so, you should know what workers comp options are available to you and what your rights are as an injured employee. Explained at it’s most basic level, workers compensation benefits are available to employees while they recuperate and have been injured on the job. However, there are many specific guidelines that need to be followed and considered, and only certain injuries and illnesses qualify. If you’ve suffered a workplace injury and are wondering whether to hire a workers’ compensation attorney, the answer depends on the severity of your injury and the overall complexity of your case.

You should consider hiring a workers compensation lawyer when your employer denies your claim or you fail to receive the benefits promptly (during your recuperation). A lawyer should also be contacted if the benefits received do not cover your medical bills or any other out of pocket expenses related to the injury or illness. Finally, if you are unable to return to work because of a partial or permanent disability resulting from the work-related accident, you may be entitled to lifetime weekly payments or a lump sum to make up for your lost wages. A knowledgeable workers compensation attorney will explain all of your options to you before moving forward with your claim.

You want to find a workers compensation lawyer or law firm that is reputable and reliable. Be sure to do your research and look for a firm that has experience, satisfied past clients that you can speak to, and make sure that the firm is up front and willing to disclose all of the fees involved in your claim.

As an employee, there are everyday risks of injury and illness in your workplace. This can range from something as simple, like overexertion, to something more extreme, such as broken bones. Know your rights and what is owed to you for any workplace related injury/accident/injury. Workers comp was created to help you, the employee, and there are many experts in the field who can assist!