Peabody Workers' Compensation
Peabody, Massachusetts is located in the North Shore Region of Essex County. As of July 2014, the total civilian labor force in Peabody was 133,800 people, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. An estimated 24,500 people were employed in education and health services, which are the fields that provide the most jobs in Peabody. There were also 19,900 workers in trade, transportation and utilities and 14,600 people doing government work. Respectively, trade and government work are the sectors with the second and third highest number of workers in the Peabody area.
Unfortunately, many of these fields are dangerous. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that there were more illnesses and injuries in the health sector than in any other field. More than 653,000 health services workers got sick or hurt over a one year period.
Whether you work in health services or in any other field, there are significant on-the-job risks. It is imperative you understand your rights if something happens to you or to a family member at work. A Peabody workers’ compensation attorney at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman LLC can help you to pursue a claim for work injury benefits after an injury occurs.Risk of Injury for Peabody Workers
Peabody, Massachusetts was first settled within the Salem area in 1626. Peabody started as a farming community, but quickly evolved into an industrial city when mills realized they could use the area’s streams to provide water power. Peabody became a center of the leather industry and today the area is still known as the Leather City, although leather has not played a major economic role since the second half of the 20th century.
Jobs lost in the leather industry were replaced by the automobile revolution, as well as by retail positions. The Northshore Mall was created in 1958 and is the largest taxpayer in Peabody today. Medical and technology companies are now also located in an industrial park called Centennial Park, which is located in the city center.
While Peabody provides plenty of job opportunities and West Peabody has developed into a middle and upper-class residential area, there are many risks for Peabody workers. In some cases, employers in the city fail to live up to basic obligations to avoid hazards and keep workers safe. For example, one Peabody Massachusetts contractor was recently cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a willful failure to follow safety rules. Fall protection equipment was not provided and a worker was killed when he fell down 40 feet from the top of a building that was under construction.Peabody Workers Have Legal Rights
Whether employers comply with OSHA, workers have the right to receive benefits after a workplace injury occurs. Benefits include payment of medical costs as well as disability income. Employees should receive coverage for illnesses and injuries upon reporting the work-related incident causing their health issues.
If there is a dispute over benefits, Employee Claim - Form 110 may be submitted to the Department of Industrial Accidents to schedule a negotiation and find a resolution. An experienced legal team can also provide important assistance to workers in securing benefits, appealing workers’ compensation denials and using the legal system to get the compensation they need after getting harmed on the job.
Schedule your free consultation with a Peabody workers’ compensation lawyer at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Glassman. Call (617) 367-2900 or contact us online.