Workers’ Compensation Claims For Jobs With Known Hazards
Some professions and industries are more dangerous than others. While workplace accidents and injuries can occur on nearly any jobsite in or around Pompano Beach, certain types of employment may come with more known hazards than other types of work. No matter what kind of job you do, generally speaking, you can be eligible to seek workers’ compensation benefits as long as your employer has coverage and the injury arose out of your employment. Yet understanding how workers’ compensation functions for injuries that occur on hazardous job sites can be complicated, and it is important to work with a South Florida workers’ compensation attorney to learn more about your options for getting the lost wages and medical payments you need.
Some Jobs Are Known to Be More Dangerous Than Others
Every year, thousands of people suffer fatal injuries on the job, and many thousands more sustain serious and debilitating injuries that prevent them from earning a living. Indeed, according to an article in USA Today, there were a total of 5,250 deadly workplace accidents in 2018, and thousands more workers sustained disabling injuries on the job. Although any workplace can have hazards that may result in injuries, there are many especially dangerous jobs where injuries may be more likely. As the article explains, “these dangerous jobs often involve the use of heavy machinery and frequently take place in perilous locations, like on top of a building or out in the remote wilderness.”
The article cites some of the most dangerous jobs in the United States, which have the highest rates of serious and fatal worker injuries. Those jobs include but are not limited to the following:
- Heating and air conditioning workers (injury rate of 8.5 per 100,000 workers);
- Electricians (injury rate of 8.8 per 100,000 workers);
- Diesel engine mechanics (injury rate of 9.5 per 100,000 workers);
- Construction workers (injury rate of 13 per 100,000 workers);
- Agricultural workers (injury rate of 18 per 100,000 workers);
- Landscaping and groundskeeping workers (injury rate of 20.2 per 100,000 workers);
- Steel workers (injury rate of 23.6 per 100,000 workers);
- Large truck drivers (injury rate of 26 per 100,000 workers); and
- Refuse and recyclable collectors (injury rate of 44.3 per 100,000 workers);
- Roofers (injury rate of 51.5 per 100,000 workers).
Workers’ Compensation is Available Regardless of the Known Hazards at Your Job
Regardless of the known hazards at your job, you can be eligible for workers’ compensation as long as you meet the requirements. To be eligible for benefits, you must report your accident and injury in a timely manner, obtain appropriate medical treatment, and file your claim on time. Your injury also must arise out of the course of your employment for you to be eligible.
What can be confusing about injuries on particularly dangerous job sites is the issue of employer negligence and accountability. Since workers’ compensation is an exclusive remedy, you cannot be eligible to seek additional compensation by suing your employer because of negligence on a jobsite with known hazards. However, workers’ compensation benefits can help you with wage replacement and medical care, and our workers’ compensation attorneys can help you to get the benefits you need.
Contact a Pompano Beach Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Were you injured on a dangerous job site in South Florida? Our Pompano Beach workers’ compensation attorneys can help. Contact the Law Offices of David M. Benenfeld, P.A. today.