An occupational injury is a work-related injury that is closely associated with the employee’s particular line of work. For instance, asbestosis is a particular type of condition that is caused by exposure to asbestos. This is associated with specific lines of work such as construction and mechanic work.
Occupation injuries are distinguished from random injuries that happen to occur while the employee is simply on the work premises (such as a random slip and fall case). Occupational injuries are generally identified by factors such as:
- The injury was directly related to the employee’s prescribed work tasks
- The injury caused the employee to miss at least one day of work
- The employee was performing the task according to the instructions or directions provided them
- The injury is typically associated with the line of work that the employee is in
- Occupational injuries are sometimes called by other names, such as industrial disease or occupational disease.
Common Examples of Occupational Injuries
Common types of occupational injuries include:
- Repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
- Popcorn lung and other respiratory illnesses
- Asbestosis and mesothelioma
- Back injuries due to lifting or moving heavy objects
- Strains and sprains
- Eye injuries (eyestrain or other conditions)
- Exposure to toxic substances (common in manufacturing industries)
- Burns and skin conditions
How Are Occupational Injuries Remedied?
Occupational injuries often require that the employee take time off of work in order to recover from their injuries. This may involve the filing of a workers compensation claim or a disability insurance claim. In cases where a dispute over liability is also present, a lawsuit may be necessary.
Should I Hire a Lawyer?
Occupational injuries can sometimes be serious or even life-threatening. You may need to hire an employment lawyer if you need to file a claim for injury compensation. Your attorney can provide you with help when it comes to organizing and filing your claim. Also, if you have a legal dispute over liability for injuries, your attorney can help file a lawsuit for your case.