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Professions that are Prone to Workplace Accidents

On Behalf of | Sep 10, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Some people never think of a workplace accident when they are on their way to work. For example, a banker or an executive might not expect to slip and fall in the office kitchen, though these types of accidents do happen. On the other hand, many people in the Freehold area head into work every day, knowing that their profession is one that is prone to workplace accidents.

Researchers reviewed statistics published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), and they reported that the following are the jobs in the United States with the highest rate of accidents, injuries, and fatalities:

  • Commercial loggers
  • Commercial fishing workers
  • Aircraft pilots
  • Recycle and refuse workers
  • Roofers
  • Painters and maintenance
  • Electricians
  • Iron and steelworkers
  • Utility workers
  • Truck drivers
  • Taxi drivers
  • Other transportation positions
  • Groundskeepers
  • Agricultural workers
  • Mechanics
  • Construction workers
  • Operating heavy equipment
  • Mining workers
  • Athletes, umpires, and coaches
  • Firefighters

If you work in any of these professions, you likely accept the increased risk of injuries. Even if your employer provides you with the necessary safety equipment, enforces strict safety policies, complies with all relevant health and safety regulations, and more, accidents and injuries can still happen. Sometimes, accidents are due to someone’s negligence, but other times, they are simply accidents and could not have been prevented. This does not change the fact that you now face the costs of medical care and that you might lose income from missing work while you recover.

Workers’ Compensation Claims

Your employer should carry the workers’ compensation insurance required under New Jersey law – especially if you work in a high-risk industry that involves regular accidents and injuries. Workers’ compensation is no-fault, which means that injured workers can seek benefits whether or not the employer was at fault for the accident. The general requirements for a workers’ compensation claim include:

  • The injury happened while you were performing your job-related duties or within the scope of your employment

The accident does not have to happen at your primary workplace. For example, the transportation industry is one of the most dangerous in the U.S., and it often requires workers to drive motor vehicles away from the workplace, often for long distances. If a truck driver is on the job at the time of the accident, it should not matter where the accident occurred. The driver should still qualify for benefits from workers’ compensation. Benefits might include:

  • Having all your necessary medical treatment covered
  • Temporary or permanent disability benefits
  • Death benefits for surviving family members after a fatal accident

Contact a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer in Freehold Today

Lomurro Law stands up for injured workers in all industries, whether the jobs are traditionally high-risk or not. Erik Yngstrom, our workers’ compensation lawyer, is ready to assist you, so please call 732-482-9285 or contact us online for your free consultation.