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Examples of Accidents at Work

Work accidents make up a significant percentage of injury cases filed each year. The term “work accidents” usually refers to injuries caused by a one-time occurrence. Thus, issues such as repetitive stress injuries or musculoskeletal disorders are sometimes considered chronic conditions rather than mere “accidents”.  These may be processed differently in terms of disability and workers compensation claims.

Some common work accidents include:

  • Slip and fall
  • Heavy lifting accidents
  • Accidents involving tools
  • Electrocution, burns, and other types of injuries
  • Toxic spill injuries and chemical injuries
  • Industry specific accidents, such as welding injuries and painting injuries

How Are Work Accidents Remedied?

A person who has been injured at work may be entitled to compensation through various means. They will usually need to prove that their injury:

  • Was work-related
  • Occurred at the work site during working hours
  • Was not caused by their own negligence

Work accidents may be remedied through various means, including:

  • Workers compensation programs
  • Private insurance claims
  • Civil lawsuits

In addition, some employers have set programs specifically for work-related incidents. You may need to check with your supervisor or with the human resources department at your work for more specific details. In the event that these methods are not sufficient to cover a work accident, you may need to file a private lawsuit.

Do I Need a Lawyer If I Need to File a Work Accident Claim?

Work accidents can involve a wide range of injuries and legal issues. You may need to enlist the services of a qualified personal injury lawyer in your area if you have a legal claim. Your attorney can help review your work-related injury case and can help you when it comes to filing a claim or a lawsuit. In the event of a legal dispute, your attorney can directly represent you during legal hearings and meetings.

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Last Modified: 01-11-2017 12:01 PM PST

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