Over 4 million Americans are injured or develop an illness due to their work conditions every year, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Meanwhile, more than 5,600 more die annually because of work-related incidents. While we have federal and state laws that address safety and health hazards, workplace accidents continue to occur.
Some professions — logging, roofing and steel and iron welding, for example — are notorious for their high risk of work-related injuries. This does not mean, however, that desk jobs can’t result in serious personal injuries. In fact, some of the most common workplace injuries, such over-exertion and slip-and-fall accidents, can occur anywhere.
These common injuries and illnesses fall under Utah’s worker’s compensation law:
People who work at factories and construction sites should also be wary of these common workplace hazards:
Workplace injuries are more common if you have a hazardous job or labor under dangerous working conditions. But these are not the only circumstances in which you can be eligible for worker’s comp. You may develop an injury due to chronic work-related conditions. The most common results of such conditions are:
If you suffer an injury on the job or develop illness due to your position, you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. In Utah, this includes your medical coverage, disability benefits and lost wages if your condition forces you to miss work.
Attorney Phil Shell is an expert of worker’s compensation law in Utah. He makes sure you get proper compensation for your work-related illness or injuries. Give him a call today — it’s free, but the information and support he provides is priceless.
Copyright Day Shell & Liljenquist, L.C. 2019