08 Mar Types of Work-Related Injuries You May Have Already Experienced
Most people don’t think about work-related injuries or workers’ compensation insurance until it’s happened to them (or they need to file a claim). However, you may be surprised by just how many work-related injuries that you’ve already experienced often qualify for workers’ compensation claims. Bloom Law Office specializes in workers’ compensation claims and frequently meets with clients for a free consultation only to find the worker not only qualifies for one type of injury-they’ve also suffered quite a few more in their work history.
Common Types of Workers’ Compensation Injuries
One of the most common types of work injuries is also one of the most common workers’ compensation complaints. The “slip and fall” can happen to anyone. You don’t need to slip on spilled water that isn’t clearly marked or meet an overwhelming amount of qualifications to suffer a slip and fall. It doesn’t matter if you “weren’t paying attention,” were wearing a certain type of shoe, or fulfill any other qualifier. You also don’t need to suffer a serious injury, such as a broken bone, from the slip and fall. If you slipped and fell while on the job, even if it was in your home office or as you were rushing to catch a flight for a work-related meeting, that slip and fall may qualify.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is another common workers’ compensation claim. It’s caused by swelling in the wrist that puts pressure on the median nerve and can lead to tingling or numbness (usually around the thumb). In today’s Digital Era, just about anyone is at risk of carpal tunnel syndrome. It often happens by excessive keyboard use or texting, as well as from using hand tools. Carpal tunnel syndrome can occur seemingly suddenly or can build up over time. Either way, it may qualify for a workers’ compensation claim.
You’ve heard about people spilling hot coffee on themselves and suing the restaurant where they ordered the coffee. That type of legal issue is worlds away from a workers’ compensation claim. Spilling hot coffee is a surprisingly common qualifier for workers’ compensation insurance (or, of course, any hot beverage).
If you’ve had something fall on your shoulder while you were in the stock room, fell off a ladder (even if no “serious” injury occurred), or suffered a sprain, strain, or twisted ankle, all of these injuries may qualify for a workers’ compensation claim. Play it safe. As soon as you receive medical care, contact Bloom Law Office at 855-208-3650 and schedule your free workers’ compensation consultation.