Workplace injuries occur every day. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the four most frequent fatal work injuries are highway incidents, homicides, falls and workers struck by an object. And, while the private construction industry experienced the highest number of fatal occupational injuries in 2010, the agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting industry had the highest fatal work injury rate.
Workers who are injured on the job are barred by law from filing a lawsuit against their employer to recover compensation for their work injuries. Instead, state workers' compensation statutes outline the procedures for filing a claim and obtaining compensation from the employer or the insurance company. Workers' compensation attorneys help injured workers obtain workers comp benefits and help insurance companies defend claims and mitigate their exposure.
Workers' compensation law is a thriving area of practice. This career profile of a workers' compensation attorney outlines workers' compensation laws and the lawyer's role in the workers' compensation system.