Sometimes accidents happen, and sometimes these accidents happen at the workplace. Companies work hard to provide safe environments for their employees. Safety precaution measures are always taking place, but still someone may experience a work injury. If you have experienced a work injury, and are unsure of what to do, Palacios Law Group has advice for you.
Businesses must carry worker's compensation insurance in order to protect their employees. It provides wage replacement and medical benefits to the employee. This insurance also gives up the employee's right to sue. The worker's comp laws are different from state to state, and it is important to know whether or not you are eligible for the benefits.
According to Legal Zoom, "private industry reported slightly more than three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2013, according to the latest numbers released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics." The most common injuries are from falling, slipping, manual labor, the repetition of movement by the body, and motor vehicle accidents.
Falls are common for construction workers and other labor workers to experience. This can lead to a variety of injuries that aren't very damaging to extremely serious and fatal. It can lead to broken bones, injury to the brain, back, spine, or anywhere really. The reasons why these accidents occur are either because equipment fails, mere accident, or an unsafe working condition.
Repetitive motion often does strain on the body specifically to a certain body part. People have experienced bursitis, carpal tunnel, and tendinitis from this.
Another major strain on the body is usually experienced from labor workers whose job require heavy lifting and carrying objects. This often leads to extreme back pain.
If you have experienced an injury on the job, the most important thing to do is to notify your boss or supervisor immediately. If you do not notify someone immediately after injury, you risk not receiving worker's comp benefits. Your employer ,as well as you, must make sure you receive medical attention right away. Employers will have to file a claim with the insurance company.
Worker's comp will then cover all of your medical expenses involved in diagnosing the injury. If you can not go back to your job right away, then you will be entitled to rehabilitation benefits. Worker's comp will also compensate employees for their lost wages while they are unable to go back to work.
It is important to note that worker's comp does not cover personal injury. In certain situations an employee may file a lawsuit. It is important to know your legal rights to determine what you are eligible for and what you are not. To find out about Personal Injury Law, check out our previous blog post. We want you to feel comfortable turning to us to answer all of your questions!
Source: Legal Zoom