Georgia workers are more likely to sustain on-the-job injuries during the hot summer months. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), most work injuries occur in June, July, and August. It is therefore important for workers to be vigilant about safety, especially during this time of year.
Summer means warm weather, vacations, and seasonal job opportunities. However, it also brings increased risks associated with high temperatures and busy schedules. Common types of accidents that cause serious injuries to workers during the summer months include car accidents and slip and falls.
Car accidents – There is more traffic during the summer, when people are traveling to and from summer activities and going on vacation. Truck drivers, delivery people and those who drive for work should be aware that others are more likely to be distracted during the summertime. Workers who are injured in work related car accidents due to the negligence of a third party may have both a workers’ compensation case as well as a potentially valuable claim against the driver who caused the accident.
Slips, trips, and falls – Slips and fall accidents remain one of the most common types of workplace accidents across all industries. During the summer months, especially in construction related activities, employees may be required to work longer hours, creating an increased likelihood that these type of accidents will occur.
Most Georgia workers who are injured during the summer, or at any time of year, are eligible for workers’ compensation. Part-time workers, including seasonal and temporary workers, are entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits just like full-time employees.
Anyone who suffers an injury at work should report the injury to their employer as soon as possible after the accident takes place and no later than 30 days from the accident date. If you, or a family member, are injured at work, you should not give a recorded statement to a claims adjuster without consulting with an attorney first. Our job as attorneys at Sadow & Froy is to ensure that your rights are protected.