It is unfortunate, however; people are injured at work every day. Whether it is a minor injury, an extensive injury or surgery, worker’s compensation insurance will help pay for medical bill, therapy, other related damages, as well as help you recover wages lost while you are out of work. The following is a list of some of the injuries you can claim with workers’ compensation.
Broken Bones or Fractures
Fractures and/or broken bones are common workplace injuries. Injuries such as these can cause loss of mobility, swelling, bruising and pain. Brakes and fractures can be caused by falling or something falling on you, running into things or accidentally hitting something. You will need to see a medical professional as soon as possible to be treated and recovery can take weeks, even months depending on the severity of the injury.
Punctures and Cuts
Punctures and cuts, also known as lacerations are obtained from many sources around the workplace such as; working with equipment, falling and/or dropping something on yourself, working with tools, even desk jobs. Some may be minor but still painful, causing immobility. Others can be severe enough to require stitches and possibly surgery. In some cases, people return to work promptly while others require some time off to recuperate.
Sprains and Strains
Police officers, construction workers and landscape workers have a higher tendency of straining a muscle or spraining something which occurs when you overextend a ligament or tendon. These types of injuries typically require 3 to 6 weeks to overcome. Up to 30% of workplace injuries are related to strains and sprains and you should seek medical assistance as soon as possible.
Bruises and Contusions
Bruises and contusions seem to be minor injuries however; most always involve pain and sometimes swelling. These types of injuries are usually caused by a blow to a body part. It is important that you seek medical help immediately because these types of injuries may require surgery and bed rest.
Symptoms of inflammation are normally swelling or redness around the area that is affected along with pain, heat and some loss of mobility. A job that requires the extensive daily use of the same body part may cause inflammation. Construction workers, nurses and clerical workers are most likely affected by this which can also lead to tendonitis and/or carpal tunnel syndrome. Also, if you use your legs and back to lift or move heavy objects, it can cause knee arthritis or tendonitis.
It is important that you obey safety rules and regulations in the workplace because this is where a lot of accidents take place. As an employee, if you happen to notice potential workplace safety issues, you should immediately report it to your superior and if you are injured at work, you should retain a work injury lawyer Fort Lauderdale respects.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt for their insight into workers’ compensation.