Injuries Suffered on the Job
There are many types of on-the-job injuries. Just because you didn’t slip and fall, break a bone, or sustain a traumatic injury does not mean that you cannot pursue a workers’ compensation claim.
As a general rule, any workplace injuries that occur while you are on the job performing the duties of your job that also require medical attention will be considered a compensable injury under workers’ compensation. While this list is by no means exhaustive, the types of workplace injuries you can suffer include:
- Strains and sprains
- Fractures and broken bones
- Back injuries (herniated or bulging discs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries (including rotator cuff tears)
- Knee injuries (including meniscal tears)
- Head injuries
- Respiratory problems
- Vision problems
- Hearing loss
- Heart attacks and/or strokes
- Psychological injury (related to a corresponding physical injury)
You do not have to prove that your work place accident or injury was the fault of your employer in order to obtain workers’ comp benefits. Any injury or illness, which can be demonstrated to have occurred at work or due to your work, may be compensated under state laws.
Below are examples of the types of injuries and illnesses that workers’ compensation can cover:
- Slip and fall injuries
- Fractures, strains and sprains
- Spinal cord injuries
- Occupational diseases which can be shown to be caused by your work
- Lung damage or disease related to your work
- Loss of hearing or vision
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Catastrophic injuries such as severe head injuries, paralysis or amputations
There are actions you can take, however, to help make sure that your claim is properly established.
- As soon as you are injured, it should be reported to your employer.
- Take witness statements, making certain to get the names and phone numbers of the witnesses.
- Keep your own copy of the report and any notes or reports of subsequent meetings and doctor visits.
- If possible, take photos of your injury and the accident site or have a co-worker assist you to do this.
- When you see a doctor, be sure to let them know that your injury was the result of a work place accident.
If you were injured while on the job and have questions about your workers’ compensation case, call the workers’ comp experts at McAleer Law.