Amherst Workers’ Compensation

Amherst is a town located in the Hampshire County of Massachusetts. As of the 2010 census, the population was 37,819, and according to the American Community Survey 5-Year Estimate, it had grown to 39,260, making it the largest community in Hampshire County. Amherst is an education hub; it is home to Amherst College, Hampshire College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Amherst and the surrounding areas is occupied by both the students of the three colleges and universities therein as well as the 314,080 workers who keep the area going.

Amherst Workers May Be At Risk

Since Amherst is home to three of the Five Colleges—a consortium of five campuses, 2,200 faculty members, and 30,000 students in western Massachusetts—it should come as no surprise that there are 25,730 employed workers in Education, Training, and Library Occupations. This sector includes teachers from preschool to postsecondary colleges and universities, including teachers of all subjects—from philosophy to law. It also includes teachers’ aides and assistants, instructional coordinators, librarians, and curators. Although jobs in this sector often call for more brains than brawn, workers are not immune to injury while working. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, in a 2014 press release, that there were 36,540 incidents of work-related injury or illness (resulting in time away from work) in the Education, Training, and Library occupational sector nationwide that year.

Were You Hurt At Work?

There are countless hazards in the workplace that can cause injuries or illness. Some common causes of workplace injuries include:

  • intentional injury by other person,
  • falls, slips, and trips;
  • slips, trips without fall;
  • exposure to harmful substances or environments,
  • overexertion and bodily reaction,
  • overexertion in lifting or lowering, and
  • repetitive motion involving micro-tasks.

Workers in Education, Training, and Library occupations can encounter any or all of these risks on a regular basis. If you have been injured due to one of these hazards at work—or any other—you may need the help of an experienced, dedicated workers’ compensation attorney to inform you of your rights.

An Amherst Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Answer Your Questions

No worker is immune to the possibility of being hurt or falling ill at work, regardless of the occupation or occupational sector they work in. However, working in a “safe” occupation may mean that you are unaware of your rights when it comes to workplace injuries. You may not even be aware that your employer is required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance to protect workers when they are injured or ill while on the job. A workers’ compensation attorney can help to answer your questions, and they will commit to fighting for you to get the compensation you deserve in your time of need. You and your attorney can begin the process of getting your benefits right away; don’t hesitate to call as soon as you are injured.

Schedule your free consultation with a Keches Law Group attorney today. Call us at (888) 377-9950, or visit our website and chat with us online.