Chicopee Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts are home to numerous large construction supply stores, distribution centers and warehouse-style retail stores. These include companies such as Home Depot, Lowes, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Costco, Walmart and C&S Wholesale Grocers. Jobs at these and many smaller companies can involve strenuous labor, including stocking and delivering products on pallets and loading and off-loading trucks and forklifts at docks. Not all injuries, however, are from strenuous labor. Office, retail, health care and public service workers often are injured in fall-down and other incidents. Even seemingly minor injuries can develop into serious conditions such as CRPS (Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome) which is the result of potentially permanent damage to the central or peripheral nervous systems. Whether you’re making a delivery or working at a construction site, working in a large company warehouse or in a small shop, store or office- when you have been injured on the job, you should call Atty. Robert W. Shute about receiving workers compensation benefits. After you have been injured and you’re focusing on your medical treatment and getting back to work, having to fight with insurance companies to get your lost wages or salary, to get your medical bills paid and to recoup other benefits is overwhelming. You don’t have to go it alone, adding stress to what you are going through. Attorney Shute welcomes your call to discuss your concerns, answer your questions and develop a strategic plan for your case. He knows the workers’ compensation insurance companies’ tactics and he won’t let them take advantage of you.
THE NATIONAL SAFETY COUNCIL reports that every 7 seconds a worker is injured, which totals approximately 4,600,000 injuries per year. High risk occupations include service work such as police and fire, transportation and shipping, manufacturing and production, repair, maintenance and construction. Common injuries result from falling, lifting and being injured by equipment or collapsing structures.
THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF LABOR Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses found that Nursing Assistants and Registered Nurses have the highest incidence of non-fatal work injuries and illnesses in Massachusetts.
WORK RELATED DEATHS- According to the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, worker deaths in the Commonwealth are concentrated in the construction industry, followed by deaths due to transportation incidents such as motor vehicle crashes and workers killed by moving equipment.
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