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What are my responsibilities if I am injured at work in Georgia?

If and whenever employees are injured on the job, they may be entitled to certain workers' compensation benefits. However, these benefits do not come without certain duties and responsibilities on the part of the injured employee.

Dangers of asbestos in the workplace

Many Georgia workers may already know that asbestosis is carcinogenic. Worldwide, 125 million workers experience asbestos exposure in the workplace, and the World Health Organization estimates that 107,000 people die annually. In addition, asbestos causes approximately 50 percent of all occupational cancer deaths.

Workers' compensation in Georgia

Employees in Georgia may benefit from remaining more informed about the state's laws concerning workers' compensation rights. Workers' compensation may be described as an accident insurance policy funded by the employer to provide employees who suffer workplace injuries with income, rehabilitation and medical benefits. The benefit package is designed to assist employees with getting back to work in a reasonable amount of time. Employees become covered by workers' compensation benefits starting the first day on the job.

Statistics on workplace violence and deaths

A study published in 2013 revealed that, in 2011 in Georgia and across the nation, violence in the workplace was the second leading cause of death while at work and accounted for 17 percent of workplace deaths for a total of 791 fatalities. Of that number, 468 were homicides with another 250 reported suicides. Both these numbers were down from 2010.

Mother denied death benefits for Georgia city worker

In Georgia, eligibility for death benefits associated with workers' compensation has specific guidelines. A case in which a Cuthbert city worker died in July 2010 due to work-related injuries points out how family eligibility is established.