Atlanta Catastrophic Workplace Injury Attorney
What is a Catastrophic Injury?
Catastrophic injuries are injuries that are generally long-term or permanent. These injuries typically need continuous medical care for years to come, and even significant contributions and sacrifice from family members to take care of the injured person. For many, returning to work is out of the question.
Since workers’ compensation claims involving catastrophic injuries are often complex, you need to hire an experienced attorney to maximize your entitled benefits or even pursue a personal injury claim if the injury was caused by a third party. I, Attorney Arthur Snead, have helped injured workers in various industries and professions recoup medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages. I can thoroughly investigate the accident, collect and examine evidence, negotiate with employers and insurance carriers, and help you obtain the most favorable outcome in your case.
Types of Catastrophic Workplace Injury
A catastrophic workplace injury is defined as a serious injury that permanently prevents someone from performing any substantial work. When an injured worker has reached maximum medical improvement (MMI) by a physician, he/she is considered to have a permanent disability.
Common types of catastrophic injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Severe or multiple broken or fractured bones
- Loss of hearing or vision
- Burns covering significant portions of the body
Additionally, catastrophic injuries are also characterized by the extent of medical treatment typically required. Physical injuries may involve extensive surgical and rehabilitative procedures. Injured individuals may also need to rely on medications, equipment and home modifications, or perhaps institutional care at home—since it is not uncommon for a spouse or family member to quit working to take care of an injured loved one, full time—or in a nursing care or assisted-living facility for the rest of their lives.
Most Dangerous Workplaces for Catastrophic Injuries
Every industry stresses the importance of workplace safety. Yet, despite standard protections for workers and safety procedures, some industries are inherently more dangerous than others.
The following are the some of the most dangerous jobs in the United States:
- Construction – One of the most hazardous work environments in the country is construction. Catastrophic injuries in the construction industry commonly occur from being struck by or caught between machinery and objects, falls from heights more than six feet, and electrocutions.
- Agriculture, fishing/hunting, and forestry – Agricultural workers, commercial fishermen, loggers, and forestry employees suffer the most deaths per 100,000 workers. Fishing workers often work on a body of water and are exposed to dangerous weather conditions, which can result in drowning. The heavy machinery logging workers use to cut down trees and handle logs are generally the cause of the catastrophic injury.
- Manufacturing and warehousing – The duties of factory workers involve packing, sorting, and processing products. The use of heavy and complex machinery is often the cause of catastrophic injuries for assembly line workers and plant workers.
- Transportation – The most common fatal accidents in most industries are transportation incidents. Commercial truck drivers and other employees who drive for a living can be victims of devastating traffic collisions, resulting in catastrophic injuries.
- Oil and gas extraction, mining, and other natural resources – Natural resources workers are exposed to a high risk of catastrophic injury due to being struck by, entangled in, or in contact with working machinery or equipment.
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury in an Atlanta workplace accident, contact The Law Office of Arthur E. Snead, LLC today at (404) 800-1181 to learn how we can help you.
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