The Most Dangerous Occupations for Workers
You work hard to earn a living and to help support yourself and your family. You deserve the chance to perform your job-related tasks without having to worry about suffering serious injury. When you do sustain a significant on-the-job injury, you may need the assistance of a qualified attorney to help you navigate the complicated workers’ compensation system in Florida. In some instances, you may even need to explore the possibility of filing a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party.
Of course, certain jobs pose greater safety risks than others. Depending on the type of work you are performing, you may face significant dangers on a daily basis. Many workers in high-risk occupations suffer injuries that require urgent medical care and necessitate costly rehabilitation and recovery. In the worst cases, you could suffer a catastrophic injury that results in a temporary or permanent disability.
According to data compiled by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the most dangerous occupations include the following:
Construction workers perform dangerous tasks and often do so at extreme heights, which can lead to severe injuries as a result of slip & fall accidents and other types of construction accidents. In fact, CDC statistics show that construction crew workers are at the greatest risk of sustaining a serious injury in the workplace.
Cops are asked to protect and serve, which can lead to severe, and occasionally deadly, injuries. Police officers face a number of safety risks, including car accidents and assaults by criminal suspects. Beyond that, there have also been a number of high-profile police shooting incidents across the country in recent months.
Much like police officers, firefighters are asked to risk their lives to protect members of the public from serious injury. As a result, firefighters often suffer serious injuries themselves while running into burning buildings and dealing with other emergency situations. Moreover, many firefighter injuries prove fatal.
Emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and paramedics often travel at high speeds on roads and highways in order to get victims the medical help they desperately need. The problem is that emergency responders are also involved in a high number of auto accidents.
Nurses sometimes have to deal with patients who are aggressive and violent. This can lead to lacerations, bruises, muscle strains, and other types of injuries sustained during assaults.
A common theme among the occupations with the highest rates of injuries is that many of the jobs involve driving. That’s because any job that requires the worker to be on the road can increase the likelihood of a serious car or truck accident.
The truth is that just about any job can cause a serious personal injury. In many instances, the injured worker is covered by workers’ compensation. However, there are also times when an injured employee is not protected by workers’ comp or the workers’ comp benefits that are available don’t provide adequate compensation for the injured employee’s medical bills and rehabilitations costs.
If you suffered an on-the-job injury in Palm Beach County or anywhere else in Florida, you need to talk to a qualified workers’ compensation lawyer immediately. The experienced personal injury and workers’ comp attorneys at the Law Offices of Russ E. Robbins, P.A. can help you with your case. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.