A workplace accident can happen to anyone in any work environment. A construction worker may suffer repetitive stress injuries from using the same tools and repeating the same tasks 40 hours a week. A factory worker may injure a body part while using a machine. And a grocery store worker may suffer broken bones or a head injury after slipping and falling in a store aisle. Some workplace accidents may even result in fatal injuries.
Unfortunately, workplace accidents are not all that uncommon. These types of accidents take the lives of hundreds of workers every year in our country. And thousands of other men and women suffer workplace injuries in a variety of on-the-job accidents. According to recent statistics, more than 70 men and women were killed in workplace accidents in Maryland alone during 2011.
To honor those who have been killed in on-the-job accidents, labor leaders throughout Maryland gathered last month to observe Workers Memorial Day on April 29. Speakers attended the event to discuss worker safety and to share their personal experiences of working in dangerous environments. Similar events were held throughout the country to take a moment to remember all of the men and women who have been killed while doing their jobs.
Although some occupations are certainly more dangerous than others, any worker can suffer injuries, especially when employers do not provide employees with safe work environments or fail to provide employees with the proper training they need to do their jobs as safely as possible.
Fortunately, when Maryland workers are injured on the job, they may be able to apply for workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits help to provide workers with the financial resources they may need to pay for their medical expenses and other injury-related expenses after an on-the-job accident. When accidents result in fatal injuries, workers’ families may even be able to recover death benefits.
Workers’ compensation benefits are meant to protect injured workers and their families, but obtaining benefits can be challenging for many families. If you have been injured at work and need to recover compensation for your injuries, you may want to consider consulting an attorney who will make sure your rights remain protected and that you receive all of the benefits you may be entitled to receive for your injuries.
You may be forced to suffer the physical consequences of a workplace accident, but you should not have to experience financial hardships because of your work-related injuries.
Source: The Herald-Mail, “Workers killed, injured on the job remembered at ceremony,” Dan Dearth, April 29, 2013