What Are Workers’ Compensation Injuries?

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There are numerous injuries that may be covered by workers’ compensation. There’s no definitive list of what will or won’t be covered. Rather, coverage is typically awarded to victims who clearly show their injuries are directly caused by an incident at work.

Here are some of the injuries that workers’ compensation may cover:

  • Injuries resulting from falls from scaffolding or roofing, including head and brain injuries, broken bones, etc.
  • Crush or amputation injuries from heavy equipment
  • Back injuries, such as slipped or herniated discs, from heavy lifting
  • Burn injuries, including chemical burns, friction burns, and electrical burns
  • Injuries caused by explosions
  • Sprains and strains caused by physical labor
  • Slip and fall accidents due to debris or liquids left on the floor of the workplace without being cleaned
  • Injuries from assault and violence, typically in the social service, healthcare, and criminal corrections industries
  • Injuries from manual lifting
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome from extended typing (repetitive motion injuries)

If you’ve experienced an injury while on the job, don’t hesitate to reach out to an experienced legal team for help. Our workers’ compensation attorneys can go over your case in detail to determine if you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. We can assist you through the various stages of filing your claim. Additionally, in cases of denial, our lawyers work hard to appeal your claim to help you get the benefits you need after a work-related injury.

Call us today or fill out our online form and our attorneys will reach out to you right away.

Workers’ Compensation Illnesses

While the far majority of workers’ compensation claims result from injuries that occur on the job, illnesses may also be covered. Illnesses can be more difficult to prove than injuries, and the burden of proof lies on the victim. Therefore, the victim must be able to show that his or her illness directly resulted from conditions inside the workplace and not from any other source.

Here are some examples of workers’ compensation illnesses that may be covered:

  • Infections from bloodborne diseases, including HIV, AIDS, and Hepatitis C, usually in the healthcare industry
  • Mesothelioma, a deadly lung disease caused by the inhalation of asbestos and asbestos-containing products
  • Black lung (coal worker’s pneumoconiosis), a disease caused by working in the coal industry
  • Brown lung (byssinosis), a disease caused by working in the cotton textile industry
  • Contact dermatitis, caused by exposure of the skin to certain chemicals and other potentially hazardous substances
  • Lead poisoning, caused by the exposure of high amounts of lead in factories that use lead or lead compounds in the manufacturing of products
  • Vision changes, caused by working at a computer for many consecutive hours at a time

If you’ve contracted an illness that you believe to be caused by your workplace, don’t hesitate to contact a workers’ compensation attorney. In fact, our experienced lawyers will go over each detail of your case to help you determine where you stand and how to move forward. So, call or fill out our online form today and our attorneys will reach out to you right away.

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