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For some reason work related injuries are somehow disregarded and not given enough legal attention and there are many logical reasons for this. More than likely it is because workers and /or laborers, especially those working at construction sites have limited knowledge of the law and their rights. The Charlotte Observer, wrote about a poultry company whose employer failed to report all of its employees’ injuries. It seems that the workers’ requests for physicians were intentionally dismissed as to not be held accountable later.

In 2008, nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses among private industry employers occurred at a rate of 3.9 cases per 100 equivalent full-time workers–a decline from 4.2 cases in 2007, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. However, this does not change the fact that some of these work related injuries are not given legal attention, and workers are left with debilitating injuries without proper relief, benefit, or compensation.

Amongst all industries, construction and manufacturing workers are at the greatest risk with a likelihood of 6 injuries per every 100 workers in these industries according to 2006 statistics. This is closely followed by education and health workers, then comes mining workers, and lastly all those in information technology and financial sectors as being the lowest risk. When you are injured during work, the best thing to do is consult a personal injury lawyer who could help you before signing documents or papers. There may be some clauses which inhibit you from getting all you are entitled to.

About the Editors: Shapiro, Cooper, Lewis & Appleton personal injury law firm (VA-NC law offices ) edits the injury law blogs Virginia Beach Injuryboard, Norfolk Injuryboard, and Northeast North Carolina Injuryboard as a pro bono service to consumers.


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