The three most common workers’ compensation injuries, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), are sprains, strains, and tears. However, these are hardly the only types of injuries that contribute to workers’ compensation claims.
In a single measured year, the BLS recorded more than 266,000 work-related sprains, strains, and tears out of 2.6 million total cases. These figures show the wide range of injuries that can occur during work-related activities.
Types of Injuries That May Warrant a Workers’ Compensation Claim
Some categories of common workers’ compensation injuries include:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) explains that falls can happen in virtually any work setting, and broken bones are one of the consequences of such falls. Broken bones may also result from:
- Work-related motor vehicle accidents
- Unsafe equipment
- Collisions between heavy machinery and workers
- Falling items
Broken bones may take months to heal, result in chronic pain, and prevent an injured employee from resuming their per-injury work activities.
Head and Facial Injuries
An especially serious type of injury, head and facial injuries, include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI), which Mayo Clinic explains can have permanent, severe consequences for your health and quality of life
- Fractured skull
- Severe lacerations on your head and face
- Eye injuries
- Fractured facial bones
Facial injuries can adversely affect your appearance and compromise your health and safety. An attorney from our team will consider appearance-related damages when determining the value of your claim.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries can cause intense pain and even paralysis in severe cases. Falls, motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents, workplace assaults, and falling items are among the potential causes of work-related spinal cord injuries.
There are many instances where work-related events can cause burns, including:
- Contact with exposed pipes
- Contact with corrosive chemicals
- Motor vehicle accidents, which can expose victims to road rash, close encounters with hot vehicle components, and other burns hazards
Burns can cause immense pain, visual changes, and health complications.
A work-related incident may cause injuries that don’t show on the outside, but they could lead to severe symptoms and even threaten your life. Such injuries include:
- Internal bleeding
- Gastrointestinal tears and punctures
- Broken bones that do not have outward symptoms
- Collapsed lung
- Ruptured spleen
Most internal injuries will present symptoms, though the severity and nature of those symptoms can vary drastically based on the injury. A medical professional can diagnose your internal injuries through a physical examination, medical imaging, and any other appropriate means.
There are countless other injuries that can occur during work-related circumstances. If you have suffered an injury or developed an illness because of work-related circumstances, the next step is obtaining the compensation you need for medical care, lost income, and other damages.
No Injury Is Too Minor to Consider a Workers’ Compensation Claim
You do not have to have debilitating symptoms or suffer one of the most common work-related injuries to pursue a workers’ compensation claim. As someone injured or sickened under work-related circumstances, you may deserve compensation for:
- Medical bills: You must get all the medical care you need for a work-related injury or illness—your health, safety, and recovery demand it. Our team will seek complete coverage of your medical bills through your workers’ compensation claim or a lawsuit.
- Medical rehabilitation costs: If you need rehabilitation to return to your pre-injury health (or as close as possible), we will account for the cost of your rehabilitation when valuing your case.
- Vocational rehabilitation costs: Vocational rehabilitation can help workers resume their job post-injury or illness. Whether the demands of your job have changed since your injury or the symptoms of your medical condition(s) have changed the way that you do your job, vocational rehabilitation can be essential to resuming your career.
- Lost income: Injured and sick workers cannot earn an income. We will calculate how much income you have lost since becoming injured or sick. Workers’ compensation insurance reimburses you for a portion of your lost income.
If you are entitled to recover compensation for any other losses, our team will identify them. Our case results prove that we strive for clients to get the maximum financial recovery they are entitled to obtain. We will maintain the same objective when leading your claim or lawsuit.
Can I Sue for a Work-Related Injury?
A personal injury lawyer from our team may file a lawsuit on your behalf. While most employers in California are protected from being sued by injured workers, third parties who cause workplace injuries are not.
Those who may be sued for a work-related injury or illness include:
- Product manufacturers
- Contractors and subcontractors responsible for construction sites
- Motor vehicle drivers
- Municipalities responsible for conditions that lead to a work accident
- Those who expose workers to toxic hazards
It may be difficult for workers to understand who is liable for their injury or illness. Our lawyers regularly represent clients in workers’ compensation claims and lawsuits resulting from work-related injuries and illnesses. We will review your case and explain which strategy we believe is most appropriate for your case.
How a Workers’ Compensation Attorney from Our Team Will Seek Compensation
Our team will take the fight for compensation off your hands. Our duties will include:
- Obtaining all relevant evidence related to your work-related injury or illness
- Documenting the losses that entitle you to receive compensation
- Calculating the cost of your losses (which will be the amount we seek through your claim or lawsuit)
- Negotiating with any liable insurance company
- Taking any additional legal measures necessary to fight for your financial recovery, such as taking your case to trial
Our role may differ dramatically depending on whether we pursue a workers’ compensation claim or lawsuit. Either way, we’ll fight relentlessly for your financial recovery.
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Our team has recovered millions of dollars for our clients, including workers injured and sickened while on the job. We’re familiar with both lawsuits and workers’ compensation claims, and we are ready to fight for your financial recovery.