By: Emily Stringer
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Most Dangerous Industries
Each year, millions of Americans are injured in work-related accidents. Even death is a risk for many in certain industries. In 2018, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported 1,008 fatal accidents in the construction industry.
Many workers injured in workplace accidents are eligible for workman’s comp benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefits typically include medical expenses, rehabilitative training, and a percentage of the injured workers’ wages if he or she is unable to work while recovering. In some situations, an employer or its insurance company will deny or reduce the amount of a workers’ compensation claim so it can be helpful to enlist the help of a workers’ compensation lawyer.
Each industry comes with its own risks to both safety and health, some industries are significantly more dangerous than others. Work-related injuries are caused by many factors including negligence on the part of the employee or employer, unsafe conditions, poor training, and more.
The industries that report the most injuries including fatalities, according to the National Safety Council:
• Professional and business services
• Wholesale and retail trade
• Leisure and hospitality
• Educational and health services
Family members of a worker who was killed in a work accident may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits. Benefits are based upon a percentage of the employee’s wages and include any funeral expenses. These benefits are subject to a cap. Children of workers who were killed in a work-related accident can typically receive benefits until they are 18. In some states, workers comp death benefits can continue until the recipient finishes college or vocational training. Death benefits have a cap that is either equal to a certain number of paychecks or a maximum dollar amount, depending on the state.
If you were injured, or a loved one was killed in a work-related accident, Spencer Law can help you receive the benefits you are entitled to.