What Is Considered A Work-Related Injury?
Any injury or illness which can be directly linked to your job duties qualifies as work-related. This includes any of the following:
- Accidental injuries – These injuries include sudden injuries which occurred due to a workplace accident. Examples include broken bones, lacerations, and head injuries.
- Repetitive motion injuries – Some injuries slowly build up over time due to completing the same motions every workday for a long period of time. For example, chronic back pain from lifting and transporting heavy objects every day.
- Occupational illnesses – Illnesses which result from hazardous work conditions also qualify for workers’ compensation. For example, an employee who develops mesothelioma due to asbestos exposure.
In order to obtain workers’ compensation benefits, you must receive medical care and your doctor must state that your injury is work-related and severe enough to prevent you from returning to work for at least 8 days.
Dangers In Manufacturing
Factory environments are often intense and fast-paced, with a variety of inherent risks. Many factory positions are also physically demanding, which can lead to both accidental injuries and slowly acquired ones. Our work injury lawyers have helped workers who have been injured due to such conditions as:
Repetitive Motion Injuries
If you complete the same movements over and over again, day in and day out, eventually you may develop a repetitive motion injury. These injuries develop slowly over time when muscles, tendons, tissues, and nerves become worn down or damaged. This can be very painful and seriously impede your ability to return to work.
Factory work takes a lot out of you physically. These employees are frequently required to put in long shifts of hard labor, including heavy lifting, pushing, and transporting of goods. This often leads to overexertion injuries such as sprains and muscle strains.
Many factories are filled with combustible materials, which means that a fire could easily spread and cause serious burn injuries. Workers who use chemicals are at risk of chemical burns. Others work directly with flames and could suffer a disfiguring burn injury if an unfortunate accident were to occur.
Hearing loss is extremely common among factory workers. A survey found that 42% of factory workers have hearing loss, although 76% of them claimed that their hearing was good. It’s common for hearing loss to creep up slowly, and sufferers may not realize their condition until it’s become serious.
Exposure To Harmful Substances
Factories use chemicals to make their products and also to clean and maintain equipment. Exposure to chemical fumes and toxic substances like asbestos can lead to serious occupational illnesses, such as cancer and respiratory diseases.
Slips And Falls
Slips and falls are some of the most common work injuries throughout all industries. In a factory, spilled liquids and floor obstructions can lead to serious slip, trip, and fall injuries if a worker falls onto the hard concrete floor.
Third-Party Claims For Product Liability
In most cases, factory workers are not permitted to sue for work injuries. However, if a piece of defective equipment or machinery caused your injury, you could have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit against the product manufacturer under the principle of product liability. Filing a personal injury lawsuit does not affect your ability to receive workers’ compensation.
Social Security Disability Benefits
If your injury is severe enough to keep you out of work for a year or more, or is permanently disabling, you may also qualify for Social Security disability benefits in addition to workers’ compensation. Your workers’ compensation payments will be adjusted if you are receiving both forms of compensation.
Can A Lawyer Help Me Receive Compensation?
At Banville Law, our experienced work injury lawyers specialize in helping injured employees recover the maximum compensation they’re entitled to. We know how the workers’ compensation system works. We can help you gather the necessary evidence and documents for your claim, and respond to disputes and denials from your employer and their insurance company. Additionally, we can help you determine if your injury qualifies for a personal injury claim or SSD benefits.
We’ll gladly evaluate your claim in a free consultation and only ask for payment as a percentage of your benefits payments after we’ve won for you. If we don’t help you get paid, you owe us nothing.