An injury at work is more than a painful inconvenience. On-the-job accidents can cause permanent disabilities and disfigurement. Medical bills can cost a fortune, and some workers cannot return to their lifelong professions. Two thirds of a paycheck makes it difficult to support a single person, let alone a family. Often, an employee is forced to return to work because they need to put food on their table. Even if an employer does the right thing and pays for medical treatment and a portion of the salary, often the employer never offers to compensate injured workers for their permanent disability.
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Sadly, these scenarios are far too common. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 92 workers died every week in 2014. If that number sounds low, consider the fact that it adds up to 4,821 job-related fatalities in a single year – and thousands more suffered debilitating injuries.