Employees are entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits if they suffer an injury that arises out of and in the course and scope of their employment with the employer. The injury must occur while the employee is carrying out or performing their normal, assigned work related duties for the benefit of the employer.
The following are the most common types of cases, however, there are other situations, circumstances and injuries that do occur.Loss of Body Part due to Machinery Accidents
When working with machinery, employees must be well-trained and use the equipment properly in order to minimize risk to their own and others health and well being.
Machine accidents unfortunately do occur for a variety of reasons and sometimes it's beyond anyone's control. Machinery can malfunction or there may be defective parts. Other reasons include inadequate training or supervision or worker fatigue due to working long shifts without proper breaks.
Accidents involving machinery often result in serious or permanent injury. Loss of a body part is one of the most common injuries sustained. Unfortunately, victims tragically lose fingers, hands or arms. Other injuries include head injuries, loss of hearing or vision, burns or scarring and sometimes even death.Accident While on the Job
No matter where you work, virtually all places of employment to some extent have potential hazards. It is the responsibility of the employer to protect employees from foreseen accidents by proper maintenance of the facility and clearly posting warning signs of potential danger. Sometimes accidents occur where there is lack of training or appropriate supervision.Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Repetitive movement, such as typing or operating machinery can often times cause carpal tunnel syndrome, a painful condition in which the tendons and ligaments in the wrist become inflamed. If you have developed carpal tunnel syndrome, you may experience numbness, burning, or tingling in the fingers, wrist or hands. With carpal tunnel, it is difficult to grasp object or make a fist which may make it impossible to fully complete your normal, assigned job-related duties.Neck, Back and Head Injuries
If you've been the victim of an accident which caused paralysis or injury to your back or spine, we can help. You may be entitled to compensation from workers' compensation.
If you have suffered any of these or any other injury as a result of unsafe working conditions or an act of negligence on the part of your employer, please contact the workers' compensation lawyers at Michael J. O'Connor & Associates for an explanation of your legal rights.
The team at Michael J. O'Connor & Associates is ready to begin tackling your legal problem today. Email or call our toll free number at (800) 518-4LAW for a free initial consultation and review of your case.
By Michael O'Connor