Understanding Workers’ Compensation
Employers pay for this accident insurance program that is designed to provide:
- medical; and
- rehabilitation benefits when an employee is injured on the job.
The goal is to help the injured employee recover safely so he or she can return to work healthy. Benefits may also be available to surviving dependents if an employee is killed or dies as a result of a job-related injury.
How do unsafe working conditions factor in?
Unsafe working conditions can lead to injuries, permanent disabilities, and even death for employees. Any employer who is aware of unsafe working conditions is required by law to take corrective measures when specific hazardous working conditions are identified.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, also known as OSHA, is the government organization that oversees and regulates the safety of employees while they are at work. OSHA strives to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses and deaths.
Under the law, an employee can file a complaint with OSHA regarding workplace safety concerns and can request an inspection be conducted for any violation. An employee cannot be fired or retaliated against for requesting OSHA violations be remedied, and can rightfully refuse to work if the workplace poses an imminent threat to his or her life.
Basics of the No-Fault System
It is irrelevant whether your unsafe working conditions in Georgia contributed to your work-related injury or occupational disease when it comes to collecting benefits. Your employer’s negligence or carelessness is not the main concern of this benefit system.
What does matter is that you suffered a workplace injury or an occupational disease while you were involved in the course of your employment, as long as your own negligence is not proven to be the root of the cause.
If you have questions about an injury or occupational health condition you suffered while on the job, talk to a worker accident attorney.
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