You may be familiar with the concept of workers’ compensation (WC): in the event that you are injured on the job and are unable to work, the WC plan that your employer has in place will assist you in your recovery. But you may not be familiar with some of the most common kinds of WC claims that are filed in the workplace.
Some accidents arise from overexertion. Take, for example, truck drivers. The human body can only drive without rest for so long. But if an employer forces a driver to drive longer than is legally acceptable, and that driver gets into an accident, the employer will be held liable. The same goes for factory workers forced to work excessive shifts. Even something as simple as being asked to lift an object that is too heavy for you could result in a successful WC claim if you suffer health issues, pain, or injury as a result.
Slip-and-fall cases are also common. If a situation exists at work that was not taken care of quickly, such as a puddle or leak, and you slip and fall as a result, you will likely see a positive outcome for your WC claim.
Sometimes employees suffer injury as a result of an object that hits him. For example, an unsecured beam or ceiling fan could come loose and strike a worker. Even something as small as a tile could have a big impact.
Machinery accidents occur as well. These can be the result of machines that are not properly maintained or an employee being asked to operate a machine for which he or she has not been adequately trained.
Lastly, falls at work could cause devastating effects. If you fall and did not contribute to the accident by doing something irresponsible, you likely have a strong WC claim.