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What injuries may be considered work-related?

In order for a California resident to pursue workers' compensation benefits through their employer they generally must be able to show that the harm they suffered that prevents them from working was caused by their job. Some examples of workplace injuries are easy to identify, such as the harm construction workers suffer when they fall at construction sites and the wounds industrial workers suffer when they are exposed to hazardous chemicals. Other injuries, however, may be more difficult to classify as related to the victims' jobs.

For example, if a worker is hurt while eating their lunch, is their injury work-related? In order to answer this hypothetical question, an investigation into the facts must be undertaken. If the worker was on their employer's work site or in a workplace cafeteria when they were hurt, then they may be able to argue that their harm occurred while they were on the job. Injuries suffered away from work but during the workday may be more difficult to connect to one's employment.

Helping victims recover from workplace accidents

An accident at work can be a difficult event to get through. Not only may a California resident experience pain and suffering from the injuries they sustain through their accident, but they may also suffer stress and economic loss when they cannot do their job and provide for themselves and their loved ones. In the end, an on-the-job incident may leave a person with physical trauma, economic loss and emotional suffering.

Readers of this blog may know that the law provides a number of different paths for accident victims to follow to seek the compensation they deserve when others cause them harm. When an employer fails to take the proper precautions and to provide their employee with the right training, that employee may be harmed in an accident while performing the duties of their job. In such situations, a workers' compensation claim may be the most effective legal option for the victim-employee getting the support they need while they recuperate.

What are repetitive motion injuries?

Getting up each day and following a regular schedule of preparing one's self for work is not uncommon for California workers. They may get showers, get dressed, eat breakfast, and brush their teeth all before getting in their cars and driving to their jobs. Once they arrive at their place of employment, they may fall into similar routines with regard to their work responsibilities and use their repetitive practices to get them through their days.

Sticking to a routine is a good way for a person to keep on task, but, when it comes to physical activity, repetitive actions can be detrimental to workers' health. Repetitive motion injuries occur when workers do the same actions over and over and, as a result of the repeated actions, they cause stress and strain on their bodies. Common forms of repetitive motion injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome and muscle strain.

Workplace accidents are a problem for office-based individuals

Accidents at construction sites and other locations where heavy machinery and equipment are used can be traumatic and life-threatening. When San Mateo residents think about work-related incidents their minds may immediately drift to accidents happening in these types of environments. Although serious worker injuries do occur in areas where construction and industrial work are done, serious incidents can affect workers in offices and other indoor places of employment.

According to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, office workers can and are seriously hurt in falls while on the job. While it may not seem that individuals who work in offices would have much reason to be in situations where they could take significant falls, falls happen and inflict problematic injuries on those who are unfortunate enough to suffer them.

Understanding the "Fatal Four" in Construction Accidents

Construction can be an inherently dangerous industry to work in, and employers that put workers in potentially hazardous situations should take every precaution to protect them from being injured or killed while doing their jobs. However, throughout the nation and right here in California, construction workers suffer harm from four types of accidents: falls, electrocutions, getting caught between walls and machines, and being struck by objects. These four types of incidents are known as the Fatal Four in the construction industry and account for more than half of all construction site deaths each year.

Falls are a danger in many lines of work, but, for construction workers, they can be fatal for several reasons. One reason is that a construction site fall may be from a very high distance if the worker is not properly secured to their scaffolding or a stable structure. Ensuring that workers have appropriate safety equipment is an important step in preventing worksite falls.

Three workers hurt in California construction accident

There are many construction projects underway throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and residents of San Mateo may see new developments popping up as they commute through Northern California. Just across the water, a large construction project is in the works in Freemont that drivers can see from Interstate 680. Unfortunately, however, that project was also the location of a dangerous accident that caused three workers to suffer injuries.

The incident occurred when a rebar tower fell while the workers were placing a wrap on it. The tower was estimated to weigh around 1,000 pounds and all three of the victims were taken to local hospitals for treatment. While two of the victims suffered minor injuries, the third victim suffered critical injuries and was being treated at a trauma center in Santa Clara.

A denied workers' compensation claim can be challenged

To a worker who suffers an injury while performing the duties of their job, seeking approval for workers' compensation benefits may seem incredibly straightforward. A California resident in this situation may notify their employer of their injury, seek medical help for their ailments, and then file a claim for compensation for the period of time that they are unable to do their job. However, upon receiving a response regarding their claim, the worker may find that no benefits will be provided for their injury.

There are many different reasons a workers' compensation claim may be denied. Some of them are because of certain important phases of the workers' compensation process, such as a denial based on a worker waiting too long to seek benefits for their workplace injury. Other denials may be based on the alleged failure of workers to provide enough evidence to show their injuries did, in fact, happen at work or while the workers were doing their jobs.

What is chronic pain and how does it develop?

Pain can last for a short period of time or it can endure for months or even years. When a California resident suffers from pain that lasts for at least three months, their soreness may be classified as chronic pain. Chronic pain can develop from a number of causes, some of which are related to workplace accidents and injuries.

Chronic pain can affect any part of a person's body but it commonly afflicts an individual's joints and back. It can begin when a person suffers a specific injury, such as a fall at work or a pulled muscle from lifting a heavy load. It may also develop if a person performs physical tasks over and over in the course of their work and their body simply wears down from the effort.

What kinds of accidents happen at construction sites?

Construction workers put their skills and experience to the test each day that they arrive at building sites. Because of their hard work, individuals throughout San Mateo get to move into new and renovated homes, get to open their businesses in new structures, and get to see their communities grow through new building projects. However, despite improvements in construction site safety and required protocols for keeping these workers safe, accidents are common at construction sites.

One of the most common types of accidents that can happen is a fall. Falls happen for many reasons; a worker may lose their footing from a high scaffolding and may not be properly tied down, or they may trip and fall into a hole dug out for a new structure's foundation. Falls can sometimes be life-threatening, but are often very preventable when proper safety precautions are taken.

Fighting for individuals after workplace accidents and injuries

The inability to do one's job due to a workplace accident does not preclude a person from staying current on their mortgage, paying their utilities, and somehow coming up with the money to pay for the medical expenses they may incur as a result of their injury. A California resident who is unfortunate enough to suffer such an incident may quickly find themselves struggling to stay ahead of their financial responsibilities.

Workers who do their jobs right and still suffer harm at the hands of their employers should not see themselves and their families suffer because of the loss of their incomes. Getting hurt at work is an unfortunate reality for too many people who are then thrown into the precarious balance of providing for their loved ones and healing from their harms.

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