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Workplace Fatality Numbers Increasing

Workplace injuries can be some of the most challenging types of Georgia personal injury claims to be involved in. Many people do not feel completely comfortable requesting their place of employment handle an on-the-job injury, especially when the employee enjoys their job. Unfortunately, being injured on the job is a reality that not only Georgia workers face every day, but loved ones face as well in the event of a workplace death. The best and easiest way to handle a workers’ compensation legal claim is to contact an experienced injury attorney as soon as possible following the incident.

Last month, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released data showing a 2% increase in the number of fatal work injuries in the U.S. from 2013 to 2014. In total, there were 4,679 deaths on-the-job recorded last year on the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI). Slip or trip and fall accidents accounted for the most significant increase at 10%. Of all types of occupations, the number of law enforcement official deaths increased the most at 19%.

In the event of a workplace fatality in which that worker was the primary wage earner, family members may have potential claims to collect benefits. Spouses and children who were dependent on a worker who lost their life while on the job may not be able to support themselves following a workplace injury or death, in which case a Georgia injury attorney should be contacted to determine your legal rights. For more information on workplace fatality legal claims, contact Jones & Swanson today for a free consultation.

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