Charleston Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Says Employers Must Meet Needs of Disabled Workers

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Reacting to a recent study, Ken Harrell of the Joye Law Firm says South Carolina employers should review their safety training programs and accommodations for disabled employees.

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Charleston workers’ compensation lawyer Ken Harrell

The results of this study show why it’s important for all South Carolina employers to review their safety training programs and policies and assess whether they meet the needs of disabled workers.

Charleston workers’ compensation lawyer Ken Harrell today said that a recent study finding that disabled workers are more likely to be injured on the job underscores the need for proper accommodations and safety programs in South Carolina workplaces.

“Disabled workers have a right to employment in an environment that is safe,” said Harrell, a South Carolina workers’ compensation attorney with the Joye Law Firm in North Charleston.

“The results of this study show why it’s important for all South Carolina employers to review their safety training programs and policies and assess whether they meet the needs of disabled workers,” Harrell said.

Researchers at The Ohio State University’s Center for Injury Research and Policy found that disabled workers were more than two-and-a-half times as likely as non-disabled workers to suffer workplace injuries.

The study, “Nonoccupational and Occupational Injuries to U.S. Workers with Disabilities,” says rates of occupational injuries were 6.0 per 100 workers per year for workers with disabilities and 2.3 per 100 workers per year for workers without disabilities.

Regardless of the worker’s disability, falls and transportation were the two leading factors for both occupational and nonoccupational injuries among U.S. workers, according to the study, which is available online and will be published in the September 2012 issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

“Employers should recognize that workplace injuries are costly, but they can be largely avoided through appropriate accommodations for the disabled as well as proper training for all workers,” Harrell said.

Harrell’s firm represents injured workers throughout Charleston, Myrtle Beach and surrounding South Carolina communities in personal injury and workers’ compensation claims.

Harrell said disabled workers who are hurt on the job could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for their workplace injuries, including injuries related to an existing disability or that exacerbate an existing condition. “Generally, under South Carolina law, a work accident which results in the aggravation of a preexisting condition is deemed to be compensable,” explained Harrell.

“Workplace injuries are not confined to construction site accidents,” Harrell said. “Every workplace has potential hazards. That’s why providing safety programs and safety equipment should be a part of every South Carolina work environment.”

About Joye Law Firm

Since 1968, Joye Law Firm has aggressively represented injured and ill workers, including private sector and public sector employees, throughout South Carolina. The firm’s practice areas include workers’ compensation, Social Security disability and a variety of personal injury claims, including car accidents, birth injury, brain injury, defective products, drug injury, motorcycle accidents, nursing home abuse, spinal cord injury, truck accidents and wrongful death. The Joye Law Firm has offices in Charleston and Myrtle Beach, and its dedicated workers’ compensation attorneys are ready to travel anywhere in South Carolina, including North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Goose Creek, Summerville, and Moncks Corner to assist injured workers. The firm’s Charleston area office is located in the Northgate Office Building, 5861 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, S.C. 29406 (local phone (843) 554-3100). To learn more, contact the firm by calling (888) 324-3100 or filling out its online form.

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