When you’re injured on the job, you lose money all the way around. You have to take time off work to heal, and you have to pay to see a doctor or get to the hospital. Many people who sustain workplace injuries don’t realize that workers’ compensation exists to help them through those troubling times. If you’ve been hurt at work, or you’ve sustained an injury as a direct result of your job, it’s a good idea to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney to receive the help you need.
You might be wondering what types of injuries qualify for workers’ compensation and when you need an attorney to help you obtain that compensation. Well, any time you’re injured on the job as a result of faulty machinery, or a breach of safety procedure on the part of your employer, you likely qualify for workers’ comp. Here are a few examples of the most common cases of workers’ compensation that you should talk to an attorney about:
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Some of the most common workers’ compensation injuries fall into the category of “repetitive motion injuries.” These are injuries that occur from doing the same motion over and over every day in your job. For example, those who work as cashiers often sustain carpal tunnel after constantly scanning items with the same hand all day. Many office workers who spend the day typing on a computer keyboard also develop carpal tunnel, making it impossible for them to continue working until the issue is resolved. Those who work in delivery vehicles often develop chronic back pain from continually lifting heavy objects. In these types of situations, it’s a good idea to talk to a workers’ compensation attorney. Repetitive motion injuries can be difficult to prove and to receive the compensation you deserve, it’s often necessary to have a qualified and experienced workers’ compensation attorney at your side.
Chronic Exposure Conditions
There are a surprising amount of high-risk positions that involve exposure to toxic substances. Especially in industrial situations, hazardous chemicals are often used to coat parts or sterilize materials. While one day in this type of factory isn’t necessarily harmful, a lifetime of exposure can result in serious illness, especially if your employer does not take proper safety measures or provide safety equipment. Perhaps the most well-known chronic exposure situation occurred back before there was proper gear protecting workers from asbestos. Those who were exposed regularly have since developed mesothelioma as a result. If you regularly feel ill after a long day in the factory, or if you know you’ve been exposed to hazardous chemicals in your workplace that has lead to adverse health conditions, it’s in your best interest to talk with a workers’ compensation attorney.
Psychological and Emotional Trauma
One type of workers’ compensation claim that many people do not realize exists are claims relating to psychological and emotional trauma. In fact, not all workplace injuries result from a physical strain or exposure to harsh chemicals. Hostile or stressful work environments can lead to both psychological and emotional traumas that make it difficult to return to work. If you’ve developed a disorder related to workplace stress, or if you regularly feel threatened at work as a result of discrimination or abuse, you may be entitled to a workers’ compensation claim.
Falls and other Traumatic Injuries
Unfortunately, falls are one of the most common injuries, especially in factories, mines, and on construction sites. When working with heavy machinery that is improperly cared for, or without the proper safety equipment, workers can often be severely injured. Both falls and traumatic machinery injuries like dismemberment and crushing can cause serious emotional and psychological pain and can bar you from returning to work as a result of your injuries. These major injuries take a lot of time to heal, which costs you even more money as you attempt to pay your medical bills while living without your working wage. In the event that you sustain a fall or other traumatic injury on the job, filing a workers’ compensation claim can reimburse you for your hospital bills and damages related to pain and suffering. Talk to a workers’ compensation attorney to ensure you get the restitution you deserve.
If you’ve been injured at work, you deserve compensation. If you have any questions about the workers’ compensation claim process, give the Epstein Law Firm a call. Our attorneys have years of experience in workers’ compensation and would be happy to review your case and answer any questions you may have. To make an appointment for your free initial consultation, give our office a call at 773-522-7000, or submit a request online today!