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Accidents at the workplace can be minor or devastating. In some cases, a work-related injury may be covered by your company’s workers’ compensation insurance, but sometimes it does not cover all your expenses. It simply is not enough. If you have been injured at the workplace, you may be entitled to financial compensation to cover extensive medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, long-term physical therapy, vocational retraining or permanent disability.
This part of Georgia is famous for its carpet mills. Most of the US-manufactured carpet and flooring happens within 65 miles of Dalton. Known as “the carpet capital of the world, Dalton alone has 150 carpet plants with more than 30,000 people who count on the carpet industry for their livelihood. In an industry this size, workplace accidents can occur. Carpet mills aren’t the only place to work in our area. Work-related injuries are possible, whether you work in the carpet mills, the Dalton Municipal Airport, the city’s hospitality industry, retail stores, the Dalton City School District, or the City of Dalton. At Joshua J. Smith Attorney at Law offices, we are very familiar with how to represent your interests and work to get you the compensation you need.
Accidents At Work
All companies should take workplace safety seriously, but even under the best of circumstances, danger can be lurking. Companies need to be diligent. Any negligence can create an opportunity for an employee to be injured. Premises need to be clean, free of obstacles and well-maintained.
Duty of Care
As an employee of a specific company, you are guarded by the business’s duty of care to you. This essentially means that it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that you are in a safe work environment.
The Carpet Industry
Machinery used to make carpets and other types of flooring can be large, with lots of moving parts. Without proper supervision and worker training, safety protocols, and personal protective gear (PPE), workers can be hurt or killed during a routine shift. Incorrectly installed machinery, machinery that is not properly maintained, or badly designed, can maim or kill a worker.
Roller accidents are one of the most common types of accidents in carpet mills. Workers can lose fingers, toes, and entire limbs, or suffer even more serious injuries just from the rollers. Injuries in carpet mills are most frequently from:
- Contact with mill equipment, including falls into machinery
- Exposure to dust and fibers
- Exposure to noise (damaged hearing)
- Standing for long periods
Workers can be injured by slip and fall accidents on floors coated with dust, fibers, and other debris, accidents with machines, as well as fires and explosions at a mill.
The most frequent types of work-related injuries in mills include:
- Bone breaks and fractures
- Crush injuries
- Hearing loss
- Soft tissue injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure
These are just a few of the injuries someone working in our carpet mills can experience at work. In some cases, a worker may not survive the accident or their injuries, which can result in a possible case for wrongful death.
Injured on the job? Contact Joshua J. Smith, Attorney at Law
Since 2002, Joshua J. Smith has helped many workers after they’ve experienced a work-related accident. He understands difficulties victims face and how Georgia’s personal injury laws and workers comp laws work. We will work to get the best settlement for you. We fight hard for all our clients and will fight hard for you.
If you need our help, call Joshua J. Smith, Attorney at Law, at 706-217-2095 or send a message through our website’s contact form. We offer free consultations for work-related injuries and other personal injury cases.