Workers’ compensation injuries come in many forms. The injuries discussed below are just some examples of injuries that may be covered by workers’ compensation law.
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- Accidents caused by other workers
- Injury caused by defective equipment
- Injuries sustained on the job in a motor vehicle accident
- Work induced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Occupational Diseases
Accidents caused by other workers
If you are injured by another worker, you are entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. There are limited circumstances such as horseplay or a personal assault by a fellow worker in which you may not be able to collect Workers’ Compensation benefits. If your employer refuses to provide medical care because of these circumstances, you should contact an attorney for advice.
Injury caused by defective equipment
If you are injured on the job because of unsafe or defective equipment, you are probably entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Under some circumstances, you may also have a right to damages from the company (other than your employer) who manufactured, installed or maintained the equipment. Claims of this type are usually called products liability claims. If you have been injured by defective or unsafe products, you should contact a lawyer experienced in Workers’ Compensation and products liability law.
Injuries sustained on the job in a motor vehicle accident
A car or truck accident is like any other on-the-job accident, and you will usually be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits including medical care, lost wage benefit and the lump sum payment for permanent, partial disability. In addition to Workers’ Compensation benefits, you may be entitled to recover damages for negligence against another driver.
The damages that you can recover in a suit based on negligence are sometimes much broader than the benefits under Workers’ Compensation coverage. For example, in a negligence claim you can recover damages for pain and suffering, all of your lost wages, future lost wages and impairment to your future earning capacity.
Work induced Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a wrist and hand injury caused by repetitive use of hands. Carpal tunnel syndrome can be caused by repetitive motion at work such as assembly line, work in poultry plants and even such things as clerical work. There are other types of similar repetitive motion injuries such as tendonitis. If you believe you have a repetitive motion injury, you should contact an attorney experienced at Workers’ Compensation law.
If you have a disease that is work related, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Examples of occupational diseases include hearing loss due to industrial noise, radiation disability, diseases of the lungs, contagious or communicable diseases and lead poisoning.