Clarke County School District has been struggling with rising costs that have been traced in part to an increase in the number of Worker’s Compensation claims the district has been forced to pay out. These benefits amounted to $1.6 million last year alone, and now, administrators are looking at a whole new approach to cutting down costs.
The district has set up a district wide committee for supervision of safety measures implemented in schools to reduce the number of injuries and accidents that result in Worker’s Compensation claims.20 smaller committees have also been established. Each school committee will have the responsibility of conducting investigations into all accidents that occur on the premises, and give the school principal a report on how best to avoid such accidents in the future. Teachers and employees often tend to be injured breaking up student fights, or as a result of slip and fall accidents on the school premises.Many of these injuries can be prevented if there are adequate structural and management changes made in these schools, and that’s what the Clark County school district seems to be aiming at.Improving safety on school premises is being seen as a preferable way to cut costs instead of cutting down on important school programs, the district says.
Georgia Worker’s Compensation Claims
An employee in Georgia who is injured in the workplace is eligible for a package of benefits under the Worker’s Compensation Act. To avail of these benefits, an employee doesn’t have to prove negligence on the part of the employer.Besides, Worker’s Compensation benefits, employees may also be eligible for personal injury compensation from third parties who may have been responsible for the injury, like companies that are responsible for building or maintaining the premises etc.
No matter what the size or nature of the injury, it’s always best to consult with an experienced Georgia Worker’s Compensation attorney before you settle a claim.Employers always prefer to have to pay out as little in claims as possible, and this works to your disadvantage. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, contact the Worker’s Compensation attorneys at the Katz Personal Injury Lawyers for a free consultation.