Workers’ Compensation For The Food And Beverage Industry
If you are employed in the food and beverage industry and have been injured or become sick due to a work-related accident or incident, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation.
T. Andrew Miller in Atlanta is an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer who can assess the merits of your case and handle your claim. Every step of the way, he is available to answer your questions and address your concerns.
Examples Of Injuries In Food And Beverage
The food and beverage industry presents hazards that may result in harm to employees. Examples of injuries include:
- Head injuries caused by falling objects, falls and defective machinery
- Back injuries caused by repetitive stress
- Strains and sprains from hard-to-reach items
- Crushing injuries to feet and hands
- Serious cuts from handling knives in meat product facilities
- Electrocutions by appliances and machines
- Health problems from chemicals and toxins
- Burns from boiling water and hot stovetops
- Eye injuries due to splashing grease or other chemicals
Under the Georgia Workers’ Compensation Act, any employer with three or more regular employees is required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This is true even if the employees are only part-time employees. The insurance premiums are to be paid entirely by the employer and are free for the employee.
Workers’ compensation benefits can include medical expenses, income replacement and rehabilitation benefits.
An Exclusive Remedy
Georgia’s workers’ compensation system is designed to be the exclusive remedy for people who are hurt on the job. This means that if you file a claim for benefits with the workers’ compensation program, you cannot sue the employer for the same injuries.
Workers’ compensation should cover all medical bills related to your on-the-job injury. Income benefits vary based on a number of factors, including your average weekly wage, the nature of your injury and your ability to work. In cases in which an employee is killed in a workplace accident, workers’ compensation benefits may also provide death benefits to the employee’s dependents.
Call Us To Explore Your Options
If you are a worker who has sustained an injury or an illness, reach out to a knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. Attorney T. Andrew Miller can provide you with a realistic assessment of your options. For a free consultation, call The Law Offices of T. Andrew Miller, LLC, in Atlanta at 678-605-9109. If you prefer, you may contact us through our website.