If you have been injured on the job, you’re not alone. According to statistics gathered by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, each year there are millions of reported workplace injuries that take place within private companies. In 2014 alone, there were three million nonfatal injuries with an average of 3.2 workers hurt on the job for every 100 employed. As the workforce grows exponentially, this number is expected to rise.
Types of Workplace Injuries
Since a workplace injury occurs approximately every seven seconds, you can expect that there will be a long list of the types sustained by employees. According to Travelers Insurance, one of the largest providers of workers’ compensation insurance in the country, the most common claims they receive involve sprains, muscle strains, bruising, and some form of inflammation. The type of career you work in will significantly affect your injury risk. For instance, factory workers have an increased risk of injury from machine entanglement. Construction employees could be injured from electrocutions, falls, and being struck by objects. If you work in the medical field, you may face health risks by being exposed to bloodborne pathogens. Even individuals who sit in front of a computer each day at work are at risk of injury. Repetitive motion injuries such as back strain and carpal tunnel syndrome are on the rise.
Steps to Take After Getting Hurt at Work
Document everything if you are injured while at work and save all related medical records. If the injury is due to an accident, notify your employer immediately. In the case of a medical condition that occurs over time, like carpal tunnel syndrome, let your job know as soon as your physician determines your injury is work-related. You may risk losing out on a claim if you take too long to report your injury. Once you notify your employer, it is up to the company to open a claim and provide you with the paperwork required for workers’ compensation benefits.
When hurt at work, at the very least, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Employers may not always fully disclose what benefits you have available after a workplace injury. Following an injury, workers’ compensation acts as a form of insurance for your employer. In exchange for employer paying a premium, the workers’ compensation replaces loss wages and medical coverage in the case of an employment related incident. Employers often tout workers’ compensation benefits, as the only compensation employees will receive. Although this may be accurate in some cases, a careful review of the circumstances surrounding your injury can help a lawyer determine if you are eligible for additional benefits.
Forms of Recourse
While a workplace injury attorney can help you navigate the intricacies of filing a workers’ compensation claim, he or she can also assist with looking into other ways you may be eligible to receive monies for work-related injuries. Depending on the circumstances surrounding the incident, you may be able to file a claim against your employer. For instance, if your employer’s wrongful conduct caused a death of a loved one, you may be able to launch a personal injury lawsuit. A civil case can also be filed if the employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance. Other incidents or instance when you could be entitled to a settlement include if you were exposed to a toxic substance or injured by a defective product.
For more than 30 years, the attorneys of Garcia Ochoa have worked tirelessly to help injured employees receive their rightful compensation. With law offices across Texas, they have helped represent clients within the Lone Star state as well as on a national level. We are here to help and can be easily reached online at our website or by phone at 956-290-8500. We are available for a free consultation to review your workplace injury case.