What Is A Work Injury?
Any time you are hurt during the course of your job duties, it is a workplace injury. Some people mistakenly think workers’ compensation is only available to workers in industrial locations or construction sites. However, anyone who is being paid by an employer – from hospital staff members, university professors, school teachers, retail clerks, shopping mall window dressers, restaurant workers, baristas, to airline pilots and every occupation in between – may file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits when injured on the job.
Qualifying workplace injuries include, but are not limited to, one-time occurrences such as:
- Falls from scaffolding
- Injuries due to chemical spills
- Burn injuries from grease fires
- Lacerations from broken glass
- Trips and falls
- Car accident injuries occurring while driving for work
- Bicycle injuries while making deliveries
- Head injuries from falling objects or from a fall
Injuries can also include those caused by coworker pranks or unexpected customer assaults. Workplace injuries may be permanently disabling or temporarily prevent a worker from continuing their job duties.
What About Long-Term Exposure To Workplace Conditions?
Workers’ compensation is also available for workers whose physicians have diagnosed repetitive strain injuries or injures from long-term exposure to workplace environments. Examples of repetitive injuries include:
- Deafness, or partial loss of hearing, from loud work environments
- Carpal tunnel syndrome from typing or other hand intensive tasks such as assembling goods on a repetitive basis
- Back or neck strains due to constant lifting, pushing, pulling, carrying, etc.
- Anxiety or depression from exposure to stressful or hostile work environments
- Cancer or pulmonary disease from exposure to toxins at work
It is important to file a claim as soon as your physician has diagnosed your illness as being related to your work duties or work environment in order to obtain medical treatment and other benefits under the workers’ compensation system.
Get The Medical Attention You Need For Your Injuries
Some employees do not report injuries or illnesses because they are afraid of losing their job or being denied future promotions. However, it is unlawful for an employer to take adverse action against any employee who files a workers’ compensation claim. If you are injured on the job, even if you are not a resident of the state but are working in California, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim. Call me, attorney Douglas Webster, for experienced and compassionate workers’ compensation help. At the Webster Law Firm, I will provide the guidance you need from start to finish. Email me or call me today at 858-951-1022.