Veteran-Workers Remembered on Memorial Day

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This Memorial Day we remember the veterans who risked their lives, served their country, came home and then died in work-related accidents.

Remembering Soldier-Workers on Memorial Day

We honor Veterans who return home and then die in job related accidents.

This Memorial Day we should remember the veterans who risked their lives, served their country, came home and then died in work-related accidents. In 2008, the most recent year for which job fatality data is available, 5,214 workers lost their lives as a result of job injuries. It is a tragedy that these veterans were able to fight their way back to their families and country, injuries and all, and then die because working in America was more of a danger to them than armed insurgents in a foreign country.

These worker veterans are the backbone of our country. They went overseas to protect our freedom and came home to provide for their families. Too often, these good men and women lost their lives while doing their jobs. The vast majority of the time it was due to negligence or gross negligence of their employers. Some recent examples involve: British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon off the Coast of Louisiana, Massey Energy Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia and the Tesoro Refinery in Washington State.

In 2008, 3.7 million work related injuries and illnesses were reported, which does not include unreported job injuries and illnesses. Many workers do not report job injuries for several reasons. Fear of losing a job due to reporting an injury is probably the number one reason for non-reporting. Usually when a worker reports an injury, management and fellow workers see the injured worker as a liability to the company. Many times the injured worker is seen as a threat and not part of “the team.” Workers know this and fear loss of their job in this time of high unemployment. For more information on job deaths and injuries please see the AFL-CIO “Death on the Job” Report 2010.

Another obstacle to reporting job injuries is lack of knowledge of workers’ compensation laws of each state. Every state has its own workers’ compensation laws and some workers are understandably confused; particularly if they move from one state to another. In some states like Texas, workers’ compensation laws have made it difficult for an injured worker to find an attorney that will accept a workers’ compensation case because attorney’s fees have been lowered and restricted by the state.

In the State of Texas, the Ogletree Abbott Law Firm has a statewide workers’ compensation practice and travels to every Texas workers’ compensation office in the state. Attorney Bill Abbott, a named partner in the firm. and says “It is our job to inform and educate workers about their rights under Texas workers’ compensation laws and rules.

Ogletree Abbott announces our recently updated websites CompLawyers.net and OgletreeAbbott.com, which contain easy to understand explanations of workers’ comp legal rights and common sense advice on what to do in the event of an on the job injury.”

To speak to an Ogletree Abbott Texas workers’ compensation lawyer call the toll-free number 1-888-434-COMP or visit the websites at http://www.CompLawyers.net or http://www.OgletreeAbbott.com where you can use the Live Chat feature to immediately chat with one of the workers’ comp lawyers to ask questions.

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