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Alabama Near Top of list of Most Dangerous States to Work In.

Alabama Near Top of list of Most Dangerous States to Work In.

new list of The Most Dangerous States to Work in has been released, and Alabama came in at #17, with 4.5 workplace deaths per 100,000 workers. In Alabama, 89 workers lost their lives in a job-related accident, and increase of approximately 8%. The largest number of Alabamians who lost their lives at work since this number has been tracked (1992) was 155 in 1996; the lowest was 70 in 2009.

One of the main reasons for Alabama being in the Top 20 when it comes to Job Related Deaths is our antiquated workers’ compensation system favors businesses overwhelming vs. injured workers. According to a recent OSHA report, “[e]mployers provide just 20 percent of the overall financial cost of workplace injuries and illnesses throughout workers compensation….As a result, taxpayers are subsidizing the vast majority of income and medical care costs of injured workers.”

A report in the Washington Post stated it thusly: “Somebody ends up paying for those injuries…taxpayers. When a worker ends up unable to work because of an injury, he or she can be covered by Social Security Disability Insurance, a program that has steadily increased in cost over the past two decades. The rise has many demographic factors behind it, but it looks like the abdication of responsibility by employers may have played a role as well.”

Moreover, according to a Department of Labor report, less than 40 percent of workers who are eligible to apply for workers compensation following a job injury actually apply for it and workers who suffer job injuries end up making an estimated 15% less over the following decade.

Alabama has the worst benefits for injured workers in America. Loose both or your arms in Alabama while performing your job duties, you only receive $88,000.00 (1/2 of one arm is worth over $140,000 in neighboring Georgia); the American tax payer picks up the rest of the costs.

That is less money for the State to tax and less money for families to spend and help spur the economy. This also means more families slipping into poverty and more families needing government assistance-provided by Alabama tax payers.

We should all care about the woeful state of Alabama’s workers’ compensation laws and demand that our Legislators amend out dated workers comp system.

If you suffered a work injury and you have questions about your right to Alabama Workers Compensation benefits, don’t hesitate to contact and speak with one of the experienced Alabama Workers Comp Lawyers at Powell and Denny today.

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