If you have ever worked, you have likely heard about workers compensation insurance. If you have worked long enough in your adult life, you have probably heard of at least of few coworkers requesting to benefit from workers comp or actually receiving benefits. Without a doubt, no employee expects to suffer any type of harm while they are working. However, accidents can happen at any time and at any place—even in the workplace. When these workplace accidents arise, workers compensation insurance is there to provide employees with some sort of coverage during what could be a difficult time. In general, workers compensation insurance could cover medical expenses, lost wages, physical therapy/rehabilitation, and even death benefits if the workplace accident resulted in death.
Did you suffer a workplace accident? Have you found yourself needing more information regarding workers compensation insurance? If so, you should seek legal assistance as soon as possible. The employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group have many years of experience handling employment claims—including workers compensation claims. If you would like to learn more about workers compensation and your right to file for workers compensation, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience.
The Types of Workers Compensation Claims
No workers compensation claims are the same. There are many types of workers compensation claims. Consider the following 10 types of workers compensation claims:
- Auto accidents
- Bodily reactions
- Falls to lower levels
- Machinery accidents
- Repetitive motion
- Slip/trip and falls
- Struck against stationary objects
- Struck by falling objects
- Workplace violence
Auto accidents are very common in jobs where employees are constantly on the road, such as trucking companies, delivery services, or jobs that simply require their employees to travel for businesses purposes.
Bodily reactions are common in virtually any workplace. They occur when employees have “close-calls” and avoid major accidents, like falling, for example. In general, bodily reactions occur after an employee catches him or herself or makes a sudden movement to avoid a fall or other accident. Bodily reactions are likely to come in the form of sprained ankles or wrists, for instance.
Falls to lower levels are common in workplaces with constant movement within levels, either through the use of stairs, ladders, or machinery. They occur whenever when an employee falls from an upper level down to a lower level.
Machinery accidents are common in workplaces that normally use heavy machineries, such as construction jobs, factory jobs, and warehouse jobs, for example. Machinery accidents usually consist of an employee suffering crushed or mutilated limbs. In some cases, the crushing or mutilation can be so severe that incidents are fatal. Because of the seriousness of machinery accidents, employers must thoroughly train their employees prior to allowing them to use the machinery.
Overexertion is one of the most common types of workplace injuries. It occurs when an employee lifts, pulls, pushes, or throws something that is either too heavy or forces the employee’s body over the limit (e.g. pulling a muscle, dislocating a joint, etc.). Overexertion is common in workplaces that require physical labor.
Repetitive motion injuries are attributed to constant movements that eventually cause harm. Repetitive motion injuries are usually caused by simple actions, such as using a mouse, typing on a keyboard, lifting boxes, sitting, or using a scanner, for example.
Slip/trip and falls are common in nearly all type of workplaces. Slip/trip and falls occur when employees unknowingly come across hazards (e.g. wet floors, misplaced mats, torn carpets, cracked tiles) and slip or trip, causing a fall that leads to injuries.
Struck against stationary objects are incidents that occur often in factory or warehouse jobs, just as often as they occur in restaurants and other workplaces. Employees either fall into or against something or they are physically forced into something that is stationary.
Struck by falling objects are incidents that occur when objects fall onto employees. These incidents are common in warehouses or factories where products are stored in elevated areas—such as shelves or even high stacks.
Workplace violence is not often considered. It occurs when employees are intentionally harmed—either by outside parties (thieves, for example) or coworkers. If the violence occurs while the employee is working, both in and out of the workplace, the incident could be claimed under workers compensation.
If you would like more information about the types of workers compensation claims, do not hesitate to contact our law firm at your earliest convenience. The employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group are ready to provide you with all the information that you need regarding workers compensation claims.
Why would an Injured Employee Need Legal Assistance?
Why would any employee who suffered a workplace accident need legal assistance to file a workers’ compensation claim? Without a doubt, there is a general belief that workers compensation claims are always hassle-free and straightforward. However, workers compensation claims are subject to approval. What does that mean? After suffering an injury in your workplace, your workers compensation claim could be denied, leaving you ineligible to receive any benefits. Although many employees file their claims and receive benefits with no complications, many employees do not get the coverage that they deserve after suffering workplace injuries.
Some employees encounter the following obstacles:
- Denied claims due to a delayed reporting of the injury
- Denied claims due to concerns about the injury not being work-related
- Denied claims due to the allegation that the injury did not occur in the workplace
- Denied claims due to the allegation that your injury is not severe/does not warrant benefits.
- Denied claims due to the employer not having the appropriate workers compensation insurance.
Workers compensation claims could be denied for a number of reasons. However, employees have the right to appeal denied claims. Did you know you have the right to file an appeal? If you had to file an appeal, would you know how to start the process?
Without a doubt, some things are just too complicated to handle effectively on your own. Because of that, it is essential to seek legal assistance. An experienced workers compensation attorney could provide you with the guidance that you need to act after a denied claim—or a claim simply encountering difficulties.
Contact California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group
Did you recently suffer a workplace injury? Did you file a workers’ compensation claim? Has your claim been denied? Have you encountered any difficulties with your workers’ compensation claim? Regardless of the current situation that you are facing with your workers compensation claim, you might be in need of legal assistance. California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group is a law firm dedicated to handling a variety of employment claims—including workers compensation claims. The employment attorneys at California Labor Law Employment Attorneys Group understand the difficulties often associated with workers compensation claims; therefore, they are ready to handle your claim and help you recover the compensation that you deserve. If you would like to discuss your current situation with our attorneys, do not hesitate to contact our law firm today.
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