Injuries on the job can occur anytime and under nearly every conceivable circumstance. You are entitled to worker’s compensation coverage the minute you begin work for an employer. A common misconception is that you have to be employed for 90 days before you’re entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. Not true. Anytime you sustain an injury or work related condition, you’re entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. Below are some of the most common types of work related injuries that occur on the job, or as a result of exposure on the job. The list is by no means a complete list of all types of work related injuries. If you, a friend, or family member, is uncertain about whether the injury is work related, contact our office for a free consultation.
1) Overextending / Overexertion
Injuries from overextending yourself arise when you’re attempting to do more than your body is physically capable of. Such injuries occur when you lift, pull, push, or carry something that results in a work related injury. Overexerting yourself on the job can cause muscle pulls, tears, and strains. You can also hyper extend a joint by causing it to move beyond the intended range of motion. People tend to overextend themselves when the job involves performing physical labor. However, even employees with sedentary office positions can overextend themselves in certain circumstances. Overextension type injuries are also common to police office, fire fighters, correctional officers, and other law enforcement officers. This is also commonly seen in police officers.
2) Slip and Fall / Trip and Fall
A majority of the slip, trip, and fall work accidents arise from workers slipping on wet floors around the workplace. Nurses, Inventory Stockers, Security Workers, Groundskeepers, and Store Clerks can sustain an injury on the job due to a floor being wet. The floor may be wet because it was freshly mopped or because something was spilled. Even if there were warning signs about the wet floor, you’re entitled to worker’s compensation benefits if you fall and sustain as injury on the job. These are also seen in the construction industry and Florida’s agricultural industry when an object trips an employee causing their fall.
3) Fall from Height
Falls to a lower level typically occur when an employee falls from scaffolding, falls from a ladders, falls down a flight of stairs, or falls from a loading dock. Roofers falling from a roof, construction workers slipping off a multi-level workspace, and teachers falling down stairs are all instances of falling to lower levels. Falls from height injuries can be serious. We’ve handled cases involving falls from buildings composed of numerous stories. The manner in which such cases are handled from the outset can have a significant impact on the outcome.
4) Bodily Reaction
Bodily reaction accidents may happen on just about any kind of job. Accidents that are classified as bodily reaction include accidents that are brought about by free bodily motion. These are accidents that involve things like reaching, sitting, slipping or tripping without falling, bending, standing and climbing.  To avoid falling, or to catch a patient, customer, or fellow employee, an employee can sustain a bodily reaction type injury. The injuries include but are not limited to herniations, bulges, or protrusions of the cervical, lumbar, or thoracic spine. Torn ligaments in the shoulders, knees, wrists or ankles. Again, such work injuries can happen anywhere, to anyone, at any time.
5) Struck by Object
Straightforward in understanding the nature of the causal relation between the accident and the injury, these work injuries occur most often when something falls off a shelf or other storage area. Such work accidents also occur when an object is dropped by another worker onto a lower level. Office workers, along with restaurant & retail workers are all in danger of being struck by something.
6) Struck Against an Object
The following is a list of items you could sustain a work related injury as a result of being strick by. The list is not an entire list of all items that could cause an injury. If you’re uncertain about whether you qualify for work comp benefits, contact our office for a free consultation. You can sustain an injury on the job as a result of being struck by another automobile, a truck, bus, train, boat, golf cart, golf club, forklift, crane, mobile platform, bicycle, tire, flying piece of debris or material, nail from nail gun, garage door, loading dock door, door opening, rock, another person, farm equipment, falling objects, a motorcycle, stock items, lawn mower, landscaping equipment, scaffolding, pressurized hose, hammer head, car door, piece of protruding material or a protruding object, office equipment, ladders, piping, hoses, machinery, or fencing.
7) Highway or Roadway Incident
Auto accidents happen at a staggeringly high incident rate. If you have to travel in connection with your employment, you’re considered to be on the job while driving. An accident that occurs while you’re driving or otherwise traveling in connection with your employment means you are entitled to work comp benefits for the injuries sustained as a result. If you are not at fault for the automobile accident, you have two cases: 1: One for damages against the at fault driver. 2. A second for benefits against the worker’s compensation carrier. The attorneys at Dolman Law Group have extensive experience in handling injuries related to auto accident and those that occur on the job. Contact our office for a free consultation at (727) 853-6275 or visit www.dolmanlaw.com.
Dolman Law Group
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New Port Richey, FL 34652