Immediately you get injured at your workplace, the first thing you are to do is to contact your supervisor or boss and let them know.
Not letting them know can deny you the chance to get your workers comp to benefit on time.
Work accident can occur in different ways on the job; some examples are:
- Neck and Back injury
- Emotional and mental strain
- Head injury
- Knee, ankle and foot injury.
- Shoulder, elbow, wrist and Hand injury
The whole act of being injured at work can be a fearful and intimidating process for an employee, combined with the fear of being sack.
Under the California Law, it is illegal to fire an employee for taking time off to treat and recover from a work injury. You will need the full support of your doctors in a workers’ compensation benefits because you will need them to verify the nature and extent of your work injury.
You need to act fast if you want to get the maximum financial benefits from your claim, and also get immediate medical treatments, which will accelerate your recovery process.
Acting Fast, also enable you to get your lost income due to the inability to work as usual.
Below is some common workplace injury:
Physical: Physical injury is one of the common types of a workplace injury that is sustained in the course of employment.
Physical injuries can be inflicted as a result of doing your daily duties (such as electric shock or mistakenly stepping on a nail), injuries can be sustained as a result from other people’s actions (such as car accidents on work site), and so on.
Occupational Illness: Occupational illness is another sort of work-related injury. Occupation illness comprises all of the illness that occurred as a result of your work.
Wear and Tear Injuries: This is another type of work-related job, that entitles you to a workers’ compensation payment. Tear and wear injuries are any form of injuries that occur as a result of repeating stress over a duration of time. If you are sustained a work accident or work injury, it better you act fast to protect your right and get the benefits you deserved.
There are many instances that employer denies that the injury is work-related. Below are some scenarios where injuries sustained at work are not considered and work-related.
1. When the employee is present in the work environment as a member of the public rather than an employee, as of the time of the injury.
2. When the injury surfaced at work, but the cause of the injury is not work-related or occur outside the work environment.
3. The injury or illness is caused by participating in voluntary activities, exercise class, racquetball or baseball.
4. When the injury is as a result of an employee’s food consumption and drinking.
5. The injury is as a result of the employee engagement in personal activities that is unrelated with work.
6. If the injury is as a result of self-medication, personal grooming or intentionally inflicted on self.
7. When the injury is caused in the workplace car park while commuting to work or from work.
8. When the employee is plagued by common diseases like cold, flu, and so on.
To know whether your injury is work related and it is eligible for benefits.