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Poultry workers continue to face significant hazards at work

Like many others in this part of Georgia, you may work for Gold Kist Farms. The work you do exposes you to numerous hazards every day. There was a time when those risks appeared to be much higher. Between 2004 and 2013, research indicated that the number of injuries associated with working in the poultry industry declined.

However, in the last couple of years, the Government Accounting Office discovered that the instances of injuries and illnesses among those who work in the poultry industry may remain higher than the data indicates. In fact, they remain higher than the overall illness and injury rates seen in manufacturing.

Fighting to get better after an accident in the workplace

Georgia workers know that an accident in the workplace can have devastating consequences. It can be difficult to manage the injuries and the expenses associated with a work accident, but there are ways you can secure financial support. Workers' compensation benefits exist for the support and care of people hurt at work or due to occupational illness.

Workers' compensation benefits cover your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages, and you can even seek support as you work to get better and move forward after an accident. There are rehabilitation benefits available to you that can help you prepare to re-enter the workforce after suffering a serious injury.

A workers' comp benefits denial is not the end of the road

The vast majority of Georgia residents are good, hardworking people. Their jobs may not always pay well and they may wind up in hazardous working conditions at times, but they do the best they can for themselves, their families and their employers. When hurt on the job, they expect their work comp benefits to be there to get them through it -- medically and financially. Unfortunately, some find their claims denied and feel they are out of luck.

When it comes to workers' compensation benefits, a claim denial is not necessarily the end of the road. You may still be able to get the coverage you need. It just may take time and require a little legal assistance.

Retaliation for exercising your rights as an employee is illegal

As an employee in Georgia, you have certain rights. These include the right to a reasonably safe workplace, the right to seek workers' compensation in the event of a workplace injury and the right to safety training for your job. Your employer cannot prevent you from exercising these rights, and he or she cannot punish you for it.

If you experienced retaliation because you filed a workers' compensation claim, you may have options. Your situation may feel overwhelming, but you generally have the right to speak up and fight back against such unfair treatment. You may be able to hold liable parties accountable for what you are experiencing, as well as recovery of any financial losses you incurred.

The serious nature of underage drinking and driving in Georgia

Drinking and driving is a serious criminal offense that can bring significant penalties if convicted. Even a first-time offense can lead to consequences that can impact many areas of a person's life. The penalties and consequences of a DUI can be just as impactful for a person under the age of 21.

If you are an underage college student in Georgia and face charges related to drinking and driving, you would be wise to take decisive action to protect your interests. There is much at stake, yet with the right help, it can be possible to effectively confront these charges.

Danger on the Georgia roadways

You have seen enough public service announcements and warnings to understand the dangers of texting and driving. Not only are you resolved to keep your precious passengers safe, you may also have an example to set for the future drivers in your car. That's why you make sure your cell phone is out of reach while you drive.

Like many who have made this pledge, you may be keenly aware of other drivers whose eyes are on their phones while they drive. However, recent studies have shown that cell phone use is dropping as the number one distraction for drivers. In fact, despite putting your phone away, you may be allowing dangerous distractions right before your eyes.

How can I know if I am eligible for workers' compensation?

When a Georgia worker experiences an injury in a workplace accident, he or she could experience great difficulty securing financial support through workers' compensation insurance. Despite the fact that this type of insurance coverage exists for the benefit of injured workers, you may be surprised to learn that not every worker is eligible for these benefits.

It is useful to know if you are eligible for benefits and what you should do in the event of a workplace accident. When you know your rights, you can better protect yourself and more effectively fight for the recovery you need and deserve. You are entitled to a complete explanation of your legal options and guidance as you seek your rightful benefits.

Students may learn difficult lessons about alcohol

By now, your freshman son or daughter has settled into a routine at the University of West Georgia or another fine institution. Maybe the calls home are coming less frequently, and your child's conversations are including the names of new friends more often. It's a relief, but you likely still have concerns about your child's well-being.

One item of concern to many parents of college students is the heavy pressure to drink alcohol. While it is becoming clearer how dangerous that pressure can be to a college student's health, your child may also face risks with the law.

Repetitive stress injuries and the right to workers' compensation

You know that Georgia workers who suffer an injury on the job are eligible for certain benefits through their employer's workers' compensation insurance. What you may not know is that these benefits could also extend to people who develop work-related injuries over time, ultimately ending up with a condition that impacts their ability to work.

Repetitive stress injuries are one of the most common types of work-related injuries, and they are a valid reason to pursue a workers' compensation benefits claim. If you have a diagnosis of any type of repetitive stress injury, there is a significant chance that it is a result of your job. You would be wise to learn about your rights and options.


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