Types of Workplace Injuries Covered by Workers’ Comp
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No matter what kind of job you have—whether construction or office work—the risk of injury exists. The extent and severity of potential harm varies from catastrophic loss to repetitive strain injuries. If you’ve been hurt in an accident while on the job or contracted a work-related illness, you may have grounds to file a workers’ compensation claim to help pay for your medical bills and lost wages.
The Law Offices of Wax & Wax specializes in workers’ compensation and Social Security disability law. With offices in Glendale and Santa Clarita, our Board Certified Workers’ Compensation lawyers provide personal counsel to clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area. In our many years of practice, we have helped victims of all types of injuries and accidents and may be able to assist you.
Learn more about some of the most common work-related injuries here, or contact us today to request a consultation and case evaluation.
Common Workers’ Compensation Injuries
The first thing insurance companies will want to know is if your injury was caused while you were working. This can be complicated as there are many gray areas when it comes to what is considered "on the job." Issues with this can lead to your workers’ compensation claim being denied. For example, your injuries may not be covered if they occurred on your lunch break or if you were commuting to work.
There are many injuries that are covered when they occur on the job. These include:
- Wrist injuries
- Back injuries
- Heaving lifting
- Hearing loss
- Traumatizing mental conditions
- Disease or illness resulting from working conditions
- Preexisting conditions exacerbated by your job
- Industrial accidents, such as slip and falls or machinery accidents
- Repetitive strain injuries
Catastrophic on-the-Job Injuries
A catastrophic injury is a type of serious injury that often results in permanent or long-term disability or disfigurement. Catastrophic injuries are common for workers in construction, manufacturing, transportation, and industries that deal with toxic chemicals and hazardous machinery on a consistent basis.
The following are common catastrophic injuries:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Amputations or loss of limbs
- Crush injuries
- Severe burns
Catastrophic injuries are often devastating and life-altering, affecting the victim physically, emotionally, and financially. Furthermore, the victim’s family members must often make sacrifices in making sure their loved one receives the appropriate care and treatment at all times.
Workers’ compensation benefits for the workers with catastrophic injuries include:
- Medical care and treatment
- Disability benefits
- Rehabilitation costs
- Home care or nursing care
- Handicap accessible equipment and accommodations for your home
If you have suffered a catastrophic injury at work, the Law Offices of Wax & Wax is ready to help you. With more than 100 years of combined experience, our Glendale workers’ compensation lawyers have an extensive knowledge of California workers’ compensation law to guide you through the entire legal process and help recover the benefits you deserve.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
When most people think of workplace injuries, they often imagine life-altering incidents, such as a severed finger due to a slip of a kitchen knife or severe burns from a methane explosion in a mineshaft. However, workplace injuries are not often caused by isolated events. In truth, most injuries sustained on the job develop over a long period of time, derived from repetitive motions that are part of day-to-day activities. These types of injures are known as repetitive stress injuries (RSI).
Some of the common causes of RSIs include:
- Frequent typing
- Clicking a computer mouse
- Digging and roadwork
- Moving heavy objects
- Construction site power tools
- Gardening and landscaping
- Restaurant line cook
- Moving and stacking boxes
- Operation of heavy machinery
- Stocking warehouse inventory
Repetitive stress injuries can fall under workers’ compensation if the injury is job-related and the worker was legally employed by the employer. The injury is required to be connected somehow to the individual’s work duties and their job descriptions.
Common types of RSIs include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Cubital tunnel syndrome
- Tennis elbow
- Writer’s cramp
- DeQuervain’s syndrome
You can file a workers' compensation claim through your employer. You will likely need an extensive amount of documentation— including medical bills, hospital paperwork, pay stubs, and work logs—regarding your injury and the circumstances that led to it.
Toxic Exposure in the Workplace
Many occupations in California and throughout the United States are associated with the risk of harmful exposure to toxic chemicals by workers who come in constant contact with them. Industries such as construction, mechanical repairs, hospital work, fabrication, and airline work are typically vulnerable to toxic exposure. While federal guidelines are in place to protect workers, accidents still occur, resulting in serious and fatal injuries.
Occupational diseases are injuries and illnesses derived from working conditions. Employees who sustain an occupational disease are eligible for workers’ compensation. However, if a negligent third party—such as a chemical manufacturer—is also liable, the employee may file a separate personal injury lawsuit for additional monetary damages.
The following are common toxic substances that can harm workers:
- Industrial paint
- Perennial talc
Inhaling fumes, skin contact with strong chemicals, or accidentally swallowing a harmful substance cause result in several illnesses, which may even be life-threatening. Common injuries suffered from toxic exposure include cancers, chemical burns, rashes, brain damage, and neurological complications.
If you suffered an injury or illness due to toxic chemical exposure, the Law Office of Wax & Wax is committed to helping you recover workers’ compensation benefits. With more than 100 years of collective experience, our Glendale workers’ compensation attorneys can thoroughly review your case and determine all of your legal options.
I’ve Been Injured, What Should I Do?
Our Board Certified Workers' Compensation specialists are pioneers in the field. We advise injured workers to keep a written journal of their pain as well as the activities they can no longer do because of the extent of their pain. It is also helpful to keep notes on any new conditions or problems that may develop. This helps doctors properly report on your case and can aid your memory in the event of a future deposition or trial. In addition, we strongly advise clients not to post on social media or talk with any individuals about their injuries and accident during their case, as anything they post or say may be used against them in the future.
To receive personalized advice based on your injuries, contact our Glendale or Santa Clarita offices at (818) 946-0608 or online.