Regardless of whether you work in an office or out in the fields, every worker is at risk for an injury on-the-job.
The injury may involve a delivery person involved in an auto accident or a construction worker slipping and falling from a scaffold. The injury may occur over time with repetition, such as a warehouse person suffering back sprains from heavy lifting or an office worker being diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome from constant typing.
Though you can be injured at any job, there are occupations that are more dangerous than others. The Department of Labor reported that nursing aides, orderlies and attendants had the most days away from work due to an on-the-job injury. Construction workers, movers and truck drivers came in second.
Common on-the-job injuries can range from sprains and strains to the most severe paralysis, loss of limbs, and death. Some of the most frequent injuries sustained at work include, but are not limited to:
- Back, shoulder, and neck
- Hand and wrist
- Tension neck syndrome
- Broken bones
- Herniated disc
- Knee or foot injuries
Workers’ compensation steps in for workers who suffer an injury while on-the-job. Basic benefits include:
- Medical treatment
- Temporary disability
- Permanent disability
- Lump sum payment options
No matter the severity of your injury, if you were hurt while on-the-job, you have the right to file for workers compensation.
If you have suffered an injury at work, you will most likely be asked to confer with your Human Resources Department regarding worker’s compensation. This is important if your injury results in you losing wages because you are not able to return to your job in a timely manner.
If you discover, however, that you are unable to receive what you need, it may be necessary to obtain counsel.
Whether you suffered a temporary disability or a career-ending catastrophic injury, it is important to contact an experienced San Bernardino personal injury attorney. Call the law offices of Welebir | Tierney. Our attorneys will fight zealously for your rights when you’ve had a work-related injury.
The sooner you call, the faster we can help you get back on your feet both physically and financially.