There are many different types of injuries that can be covered by the workers’ compensation system. Some injuries happen over a period of time and are known as cumulative trauma injuries. Others may be illnesses caused by long-term exposure to unhealthy conditions. Still, others are specific events that cause injury.
Depending on the injury and/or illness, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Here are some common work injuries:
If you have a job that requires repetitive physical labor, overexertion is always a concern. An injury can happen if you lift, pull, push or throw something too heavy or with improper form. A muscle or joint could be strained or joint damage.
- A Fall
High impact fall injuries can produce unique consequences like an arm, hand, back and knee damage, and fractures.
There can be “hidden” consequences as well – weight gain due to immobility due to the initial injury, aggravation of non-injury conditions like higher blood pressure or diabetes, or shoulder injury due to crutch use.
- Vehicle Accident
An accident, while you are driving for work, could be covered by workers compensation, even if the accident was your fault.
- Workplace Violence
If you are attacked by a co-worker, you may be protected by the workers’ compensation system.
- Illness Over Time
Some jobs may expose you to hazardous materials, such as chemicals, heavy metals, or even asbestos. Serious conditions could result.
The reality is every injury is unique, and because each person is unique, they each experience injury in a unique way.
To learn about your rights after a work injury, call us at 714-547-5025.
The consultation is always free.