As an Atlanta work injury attorney, I was interested to read a statistical report released in this week's Atlanta Business Chronicle analyzing workers' compensation cases in Georgia. The report showed that in the calendar year 2008, wrongful deaths related to work accidents declined significantly. Atlanta work accidents relating in deaths dropped to 62 from a total of 90 in 2007, while Georgia occupational fatalities dropped to 171 from 193 in the previous year.
Atlanta injury lawyers, and workers compensation lawyers throughout Georgia, have suggested that they have seen a decline in the number of work-related injuries in the last year. Obviously, many relate this to the down turn in the economy. As the construction has slowed substantially, so to have the frequent work injuries associated with the industry. While it is certainly a blessing that we have seen less work accidents in Georgia over the last year, it is troubling that this phenomenon appears to be associated with a weak job market as opposed to safer occupational standards.
As the economy resuscitates and the construction industry begins to pick up steam, Atlanta's accident attorneys anticipate that work accident figures will similarly escalate. We hope that most of these injuries will be minor, however, and that fatal occupational injuries will continue to decline.