Attorney Representing Injured Sanitation Workers in Virginia
As a sanitation employee you have an important job. You keep our communities clean and remove hazard, waste, toxins, and dangerous conditions to keep our citizens safe and health. Unfortunately sanitation work has its own dangers.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sanitation work is one of the top ten most dangerous industries in America. If you suffer a sanitation work injury call or e-mail a lawyer who will help protect your legal rights to work comp benefits, medical treatment, and a lump sum workers comp settlement.
Common hazards that sanitation workers face every day include:
Puncture Wounds and Lacerations
Broken glass, sharp plastic, metal pieces, and needles are just some of the hazards sanitation workers face every day. These items can cause punter wounds and lacerations to to the hands, feet, and eyes.
The public must dispose of some chemicals and substances in a specific way. When these substances are put in the regular trash, sanitation workers are at risk of exposure. Chemical exposure can cause serious reactions, burns, and the need for hospitalization and long term care.
Sanitation workers spend a lot of time on the roads, collecting waste and climbing in and out of the garbage truck. Unfortunately this time spent on the road increases the risk of being injured in a motor vehicle accident. When this happens the injured sanitation employee may have a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the car accident.
Slip and Falls
Wet conditions, cracked sidewalks, ice, spilled liquids, potholes, and jumping up and down from the truck can lead to a slip and fall.
No matter how the sanitation employee was injured he or she may be entitled to workers comp benefits to cover your medical expenses, permanent partial disability, and wage loss.
What If I Can’t Return to Work?
If you’re injury is so severe that you are unable to return to work, you may be eligible to file for Social Security Disability benefits. If the claim is approved you will receive medical coverage and monthly income. But getting these benefits is difficult. Most claims are denied each year.
Can an Attorney Help Me?
A workers compensation attorney can help you complete the forms, develop evidence, and represent you at hearing. He can also negotiate a settlement with the insurance company on your behalf.
Call or e-mail us today for a free consultation. We represent injured sanitation workers throughout Virginia.
Not a sanitation worker? Check out our article Injured Workers We Represent for more information about your occupation and workers comp in Virginia.