If you work in any of these industries, watch out for accidents and injuries
While any worker can be injured on the job, certain industries put their workers at higher risk of an accident. Workplace accidents tend to more frequently occur in industries that have a high degree of manual labor. Whether a worker needs a couple of days to heal to get back to work or needs weeks or months of medical treatment and rehabilitation, the Workers’ Compensation system in New Jersey is designed to provide workers with the benefits they need for their recovery.
The Most Dangerous Industries and Their Common Accidents
Some of the most dangerous industries for workers include:
The construction industry typically ranks as the most dangerous industry in the U.S. Because construction workers work in precarious places with power tools and equipment and potentially hazardous materials, construction workers are often at risk for accidents such as:
- Slip or trip and fall accidents
- Falls from heights, including ladders, roofs, or scaffolding
- Being struck by falling objects
- Fires and explosions
- Crush accidents
- Building or trench collapses
Loggers also regularly face risks on the job, especially when they are involved in cutting down or cutting apart trees for timber. Accidents that can occur in the logging industry include:
- Being struck by falling trees
- Overturning of motorized equipment
- Defective tools/equipment
- Operator misuse of tools and equipment
Transportation workers, including truck drivers and delivery drivers, are at constant risk of getting into motor vehicle accidents on the job. In addition, drivers may also be injured by overexertion when lifting or moving cargo or goods, or being crushed or pinned between vehicles or equipment.
Workers in the manufacturing and warehousing industries can also be injured in a wide range of accidents, especially crush accidents, entanglement accidents, and forklift accidents. Frequent injuries suffered by warehouse and factory workers include:
- Avulsions and degloving injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
What Benefits Are Available from Workers’ Comp?
In New Jersey, a worker who is hurt on the job may be entitled to file a claim to recover benefits from the Workers’ Compensation that include:
- Medical benefits, which pay for all necessary and reasonable medical treatment of a work injury
- Temporary disability benefits, which partially replace lost income when a worker misses time from work
- Permanent partial disability benefits, which provide payments for workers who suffer a permanent impairment but can still work in some capacity
- Permanent total disability benefits, which continue wage replacement benefits so long as a worker remains totally disabled from gainful employment
Contact a Clark Workers’ Compensation Lawyer to Discuss Your New Jersey Workplace Injury Case
A workplace injury can be devastating, particularly if it prevents you from returning to work for an extended period of time. Although New Jersey Workers’ Compensation laws are required to provide you with medical treatment, replacement pay for missed time at work, and partial or total disability payments depending on the nature and extent of your permanent injuries, it is not always easy to get the Workers’ Comp benefits you deserve. That is why you should speak with a knowledgeable Workers’ Compensation lawyer about your situation and get guidance throughout the claims process. The experienced Workers’ Compensation attorneys at Team Law represent clients in Paterson, Elizabeth, Clifton, Trenton, and all across New Jersey. Call (732) 540-1394 or fill out our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation about your work injury case. Our main office is located at 136 Central Avenue, Clark, NJ 07066, and we also have offices in West New York, Perth Amboy, Edison, Summit, Newark, New Brunswick, Orange, Plainfield, and Jersey City.
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