Our firm recently published a SlideShare report on the leading causes of the most disabling workplace injuries. Learn whether your job puts you at risk for having one of these serious workplace accidents.
In Iowa, ethanol production is a big deal. In fact, according to the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the state produces almost 30 percent of the nation’s ethanol, and about 43,000 workers in Iowa owe their jobs to this industry. Ethanol has numerous benefits for the environment when it is used as an alternative to gasoline, such as lowering greenhouse gas emissions.
When discussing workplace accidents and injuries, the scenarios that come to mind are often things like construction accidents, tripping hazards or even carpal tunnel syndrome. But one of the deadliest workplace hazards is also one most of us tend to overlook: motor vehicle accidents.
If you work for an employer in Iowa, you likely expect to receive not just a paycheck for your work but to receive or be eligible for other benefits as well. One of these benefits may be the ability to receive workers' compensation benefits if you are hurt in a job-related incident. In most cases, you will be able to file a claim for workers' compensation but it is important to understand that some workers are not eligible for these benefits.
Traumatic brain injuries are one of the most common injuries that occur in workplaces in Iowa and across the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 2.5 million people are seen in emergency rooms, are hospitalized or die with these types of injuries each year. Brain trauma can occur whenever a person experiences a forceful impact to the head, which may occur when someone falls and hits their head or has a falling object strike them. When people receive a traumatic brain injury from an on-the-job incident, they may have difficulties returning to work and may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Your workplace in Iowa may be a dangerous place. Injuries are common in many industries that involve high-risk activities. However, they can also occur in even the most benign of jobs. At Gallner & Pattermann, P.C., we see a range of injuries caused at work. They can be anything from a small accident to a serious traumatic situation. Any time you are hurt at work, it is cause for concern and immediate attention, though, because they can all affect your ability to work normally.