Workers' Compensation

Friday, October 14, 2016

Henry County attorneys, judges named to State Bar of Georgia committees

Congrats to three SWWW attorneys for being appointed to serve on special or program committees for the State Bar of Georgia. From the court system to the classrom, we know you will work hard to make a positive impact. 

Janet C. Scott of Smith Welch Webb & White LLC in McDonough will serve on the iCivics Committee, which works toward implementing a comprehensive, standards-aligned online civics curriculum into Georgia’s 8th grade classrooms.

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Top Three Workplace Injuries Resulting in Lost Workdays

June is National Safety Month, and the National Safety Council has launched an educational campaign designed to raise awareness of the volume of preventable injuries that occur on the job.  The numbers are shocking.  For example, every seven seconds a worker is injured on the job, which adds up to 540 injuries per hour, 12,900 injuries per day, almost 10,000 per week and approximately 4.7 million per year. 

Injuries suffered on the job have real consequences for workers, their families and the economy.
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Monday, May 16, 2016

Increased Risk of Fatal Personal Injury in Construction Industry

According to the most recent statistics released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction industry is still the most vulnerable to fatal injuries and accidents.  As millions of Americans across the country report to work at construction sites every day, one in five worker deaths last year took place within the construction industry. 

Falls continue to be the leading cause of death on construction sites.   Other most common accidents include electrocution, struck by an object and caught in/between.  Dubbed “the fatal four” by OSHA, over half of fatalities in the construction industry happened as a result of these four types of accidents.  By reducing the risks associated with these types of accidents, employers could save up to 508 workers lives per year. 

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fatal Accidents in the Construction Industry

In the private industry, one in five worker deaths were in the construction industry.


Four types of accidents caused more than half (57.7%) the construction worker deaths in 2013, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Eliminating these four types of accidents would save over 470 workers' lives in America every year.

Here are the four types of most fatal construction accidents and the percentage of total construction deaths in 2013:

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Overexertion: The Most Common Work-Related Injury

Overexertion in the workplace consistently ranks as one the most common cause for work-related injury or illness in the private sector. 


According to Liberty Mutual’s Workplace Safety Index, “overexertion involving outside sources” caused the most workplace injuries, including injuries caused by lifting, pushing, pulling, holding, throwing and carrying objects. 


This type of injury can happen in a variety of professions, but the likelihood of an injury caused by overexertion increases in jobs requiring physical labor.  Overexertion involving outside sources was most common amongst laborers (40 percent) and nursing assistants (55 percent). The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) also reported that workers in the retail, wholesale trade, warehousing and construction industries reported high rates of musculoskeletal disorders (MSD).
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Who is a Lawyer?


In our blog, we aim to answer questions in a way that's helpful and easy to understand. We've addressed many topics - from the details of real estate contracts to title insurance - but today I'd like to answer a basic question: Who is a lawyer? 


I don't mean that in an abstract sense. According to state and federal law, there is a very specific definition associated with practicing law, and it is unlawful for any corporation, association, company or person to perform acts defined as "practicing law" if not a licensed attorney. In addition to being unlawful, people or corporations who are not licensed to practice law put their clients at risk.


According to Georgia law, the practice of law includes but is not limited to any of the following:

  • Giving legal advice

  • Preparing legal instruments

  • Rendering opinions on the validity or invalidity of titles to real or personal property .
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Monday, October 20, 2014

Workers Compensation Claims in Georgia Due to Overuse and Repetitive Work

An Overview of Workers' Compensation in Georgia

Work does not need to be strenuous to cause injury. The modern-day workplace often utilizes technology and machinery that requires a limited range of motion to operate.  As a result, many people spend their workday sitting at a computer desk, driving or pushing and pulling levers on machinery. 

Repetitive Tasks

Many jobs associated with conducting repetitive tasks for long periods of time can cause work-related injuries that need to be addressed.  Injuries due to overuse and repetitive motions are commonly found in the wrist, elbow, knee, shoulders, neck or back.
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Friday, July 11, 2014

Workers' Compensation, and How Employers Can Help Prevent Eye Injuries

July is “Eye Injury Prevention Month,” which is an event designed to help raise visibility to a very important topic.  More than 2,000 eye injuries happen every day and half of those injuries occur in the workplace.  

How does this happen?  And can these accidents be prevented?  According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), almost 70% of the eye injuries are caused by falling objects, flying objects or sparks hitting the eye.  And it is estimated that over 90% of eye injuries are preventable with protective eyewear that is designed and fitted to OSHA safety standards. 

The legal requirements regarding workplace safety can be complex, and vary by work site.
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Monday, March 24, 2014

Worker's Compensation: Top 3 Ways to Prevent Injuries Among Older Workers

As an attorney specializing in worker’s compensation, I have helped many employers in Georgia address workplace trends that affect worker’s comp.  Today, a major trend effecting employers is the aging of our workforce. 

To be sure, older workers do offer some perks for employers.  They have greater maturity and more years of experience that can work to an employers’ advantage.      

However, older employees can also affect the types of worker’s compensation claims filed, as they often experience different types of injuries compared with younger workers and may require longer recovery times.
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Monday, January 6, 2014

The Benefits of Involving Employees in Safety Inspections

Whether you are kicking off the new year, or the second half of the school year, it’s a good time to re-evaluate your safety programs.  Different seasons bring different challenges, and involving front-line employees in your safety programs will provide insight, investment and ultimately a safer workplace.  

Involve Employees:

Whether it is a volunteer or designated position, it's a good idea to select employees who work on-site to accompany management in walk-throughs and safety inspections.  Including employees who work on-site will provide valuable insights into potential safety hazards.  Encourage the employees to share their concerns and anecdotes about safety concerns during the inspection.
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