4 Common Causes of Worker’s Compensation ClaimsBy Kenton Koszdin on September 13, 2021 | In Blogs
The risk of injury and illness is ever-present in life, whether at home or in the workplace. Certain hazards are unique to one’s nature of work/occupation. For example, workers in health care are at a high risk of exposure to biological hazards. The aftermath of these risks can leave millions of workers unable to do their jobs and collect the money they need to support their loved ones. If you have had a work injury or developed an occupational illness, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses. With your health, finances, and future on the line, you should speak with an attorney experienced in workers’ compensation cases.
Here are the four most common types of injuries and accidents that can result in a workers’ compensation claim:
- Slip, Trip, and Fall – Slip, trip, and fall accidents in the workplace are the most frequent cause of workers’ compensation claims. Many of these accidents occur when there are wet/slippery floors, spilled substances, cluttered walkways, poor lighting, uneven surfaces, or sudden changes in flooring or steps in the workplace. These accidents can cause numerous injuries from sprains, fractures, broken bones to more traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries.
- Motor Vehicle Accidents – If you are in an accident while driving or riding your own or your company’s motor vehicle during work, you may also be eligible for workers’ compensation. Law enforcement personnel, truckers, and delivery services drivers are at an increased risk for these types of workplace injuries.
- Machinery Accidents – Heavy machinery or operating tools can pose a serious threat of injuries in the workplace. These accidents typically involve a worker being struck by or caught by a piece of equipment, causing severe and life-threatening injuries. Even a small error anywhere can make a person fight for his life. People who work in construction, manufacturing, and demolition are at risk of such types of injuries.
- Chemical/Toxic Exposure – Many jobs have the potential to expose people to dangerous toxins and chemicals in their workplace. These include people working in industrial-grade cleaning products and refineries. People who suffer a chemical exposure injury on the job may be entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim.
Workplace safety is of paramount importance. It is the responsibility of the employers to create a safe ecosystem and the workers’ responsibility to comply with the health/safety policies and protocols of the company.
Work compensations cases can be challenging. If you have been injured on the job, it’s important to seek skilled legal representation almost immediately. Find out if you are entitled to compensation, get a free work injury claim assessment either in our office or in the comfort of your home today. At Kenton Koszdin Law Office in Van Nuys, we’re on a mission to help those who are hurt on the job avoid becoming victims of companies and their insurance providers. Our expert attorneys will help your claim and navigate the application process for the best possible outcome for you and your family.