Every year, millions of people in the United States are injured in the workplace. There are some occupations that are more dangerous than others. For example, construction workers, carpenters, and electricians have to deal with heavy machinery and dangerous tools on a daily basis. However, anyone can be injured while in the workplace, so it’s important to be prepared and understand your legal rights if it happens to you.
California Workers’ Rights
If you are injured while on the job, your employer is required to pay workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits may cover your medical expenses and lost wages if you are forced to take time off of work in order to recover from your injury.
However, you will not automatically begin receiving workers’ compensation benefits if you are injured while on the job. To take advantage of workers’ compensation benefits, you must report the injury to your employer immediately. If you wait more than 30 days to let your employer know about the injury, you may lose your right to collect workers’ compensation benefits.
After you report your injury to your employer, you will need to visit a doctor. The doctor will assess your condition, make recommendations regarding what kind of work you should do while you recover, and refer you to specialists if needed. The doctor will also write a report summarizing your condition that will help you get approved for workers’ compensation benefits.
You and your employer will be required to fill out forms related to the injury. Your employer will then submit these forms to a claims adjuster, who will review them along with your medical records to determine whether you should be approved for benefits. If you are approved, you will start to receive benefits right away. However, many legitimate workers’ compensation applicants are denied benefits. If you have been denied, it’s important to contact an attorney to help you challenge this decision so you can start to receive the benefits you deserve.
Common Workplace Injuries
Some of the most common injuries that occur in workplaces include:
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Perhaps the most common repetitive motion that occurs in the workplace is typing. People who have to work on a computer for long hours may begin to develop vision problems, muscle pains, and carpal tunnel syndrome.
If a heavy object falls on a worker, he or she may suffer from serious head injuries as a result. It’s fairly common for construction workers to be injured by falling objects, but it can even happen in an office. For example, a book could fall off of a bookshelf and hit someone in the head.
People who have to use ladders or work from elevated heights are at risk of falling and injuring themselves. If someone does fall, he may suffer serious injuries including head trauma, spinal cord damage, and broken bones.
Slip and Falls
If there is something slippery on the floor or an object blocking a common walkway, it’s possible for employees to slip or trip and injure themselves.
Many employees have to operate a vehicle as part of their job. If these individuals are involved in a traffic accident during working hours, it is considered a workplace injury.
Have You Been Injured At Work?
No one expects to be injured while on the job, but accidents happen. If you have been injured at work, don’t hesitate to contact Carpenter, Zuckerman, and Rowley today to discuss your legal options. An experienced attorney can ensure that your workers’ compensation request is approved so you can start to receive the benefits you deserve as soon as possible.