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What is a Workplace Accident?

A workplace accidents or injuries is an injury that occurs during the course of one’s employment or during work hours.

Usually, a work injury or workplace injury is one that is caused by the type of task that the person is required to do at their job. The term also applies to injuries that occur during work hours or while on the employment premises.

Most work injury claims are resolved through a worker’s compensation claim. The terms of the employment contract will often guide this resolution process between the worker and the employer.

Various state and federal laws also govern health and safety standards in work environments in efforts to help reduce work-related injuries.

What are Some Examples of Workplace Accidents?

While some employers may compensate for injuries that are not related to the job description, most claims focus on injuries that are directly associated with the job description. These include:

  • Repetitive stress injuries (such as carpal tunnel syndrome or tennis elbow);
  • Respiratory illnesses from inhaling toxic substances;
  • Various industrial diseases (such as popcorn lung or other respiratory illnesses);
  • Injuries resulting from being in a confined space;
  • Slip and fall injuries;
  • Heavy lifting accidents;
  • Accidents involving tools;
  • Electrocution, burns, and other types of injuries; and/or
  • Toxic spill injuries and chemical injuries.

Will Workers’ Compensation Cover Me for Any Workplace Accident?

Yes. Workers’ compensation will cover you for any work-related injuries or accident. Sometimes even if the employee caused the accident, they may be able to get workers compensation for their injuries or illnesses as long as the employee did not cause the accident under the influence of illegal drugs and alcohol.

It should be noted that there is a difference between a personal injury lawsuit and a workers compensation claim. Some people think that a workers’ compensation claim is the same as personal injury claims, when technically this is not actually the case.

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

Work accidents can involve a wide range of injuries and legal issues. But it is unlikely that a valid workers' compensation claim will require help from a lawyer, but filing a separate personal injury claim (once workers' compensation was denied or not applied) will require legal assistance.

If you are filing a personal injury claim for a workplace injury, and not a workers' compensation claim, then contact a local personal injury lawyer in your area. 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: 05-09-2018 03:22 PM PDT

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