Have You Suffered a RI and MA Workplace Injury?
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Most injuries that happen at work will be covered by workers’ compensation. The following are some common causes of workplace injuries:
- Slip and Falls: Slip and fall injuries at work are common injuries that can be covered by RI and MA workers’ compensation. These types of injuries are caused from dangerous or hazardous conditions at work such as liquids on the floor, torn carpeting and missing handrails on stairways. If someone else, such as a sub-contractor, is responsible for the dangerous or hazardous condition, you may also have a third party claim.
- Lifting Objects: Lifting heavy objects is a common workplace task that causes injuries. Whether it’s the mover who lifts heavy objects all day, the grocery store employee stocking items on the top shelf, or even the office secretary carrying the refill for the water cooler, lifting objects can often cause a serious injury. Injuries caused by lifting objects also make up a large percentage of all work-related injuries in the country. The more common types of injuries are hernias and back and neck injuries.
- Construction Sites: Common construction site injuries are often caused by falls from ladders or scaffolding, electrical accidents and machinery. If you were injured at a construction site, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In addition to these benefits, you might be able to file a third party claim if your injury was caused by someone else, such as a sub-contractor.
- Vehicle Accidents: Many employees are injured in car accidents because they are required to drive for work. If you are injured while driving a vehicle in the course of your employment, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and may also have a third party action if you were injured due to a driver who was not a co-worker. Our experienced RI and MA workers’ compensation lawyers can tell you if you have a third party case.
- Repetitive Use Injuries: Through the years, an employee’s body can be injured from wear and tear from making the same movements over and over again. For example, an employee could suffer neck and hand injuries from assembling items all day. Even small repetitive movements can cause injury. Making the same hand movements from highly repetitive tasks such as typing can cause a numbness known as carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Heavy Equipment: Many occupations, particularly in the construction and manufacturing industries, require the use, storage, and/or operation of heavy equipment. Construction and manufacturing jobs report more job-related injuries than any other industry, primarily due to the use of heavy equipment and machinery.
What RI and MA Workers’ Compensation Injuries Are Covered?
In general, any injury that arose out of or took place in the course of employment is covered by RI and MA workers’ compensation. Additionally, any illness or disease that arose out of or took place in the course of employment is also covered. Compensation will also be provided for pre-existing conditions if the workplace atmosphere aggravated or worsened the condition (like a back injury).
The experienced RI and MA workers’ compensation lawyers that we work with can advise you if your injury or illness is covered.
Which Occupations Are More Injury-Prone?
Although most injuries are covered, that is just a general rule. Some exceptions do exist:
- Injuries that occur while coming to work or going home from work are generally not covered.
- Injuries stemming from an employee’s departing from his or her duties in the scope of their employment.
- Injuries that occur during a fight are not covered except for in some situations where the fight was somehow related to the employment.
- Self-Inflicted injuries are generally not covered.
- Injuries caused by the employee’s intoxication are generally not covered.
Where an injury or illness is not work-related, workers’ compensation does not apply; however, other programs, such as Temporary Disability Insurance or Social Security Disability or a private disability policy you have, may provide you benefits.
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If you have been injured at work in RI and MA, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Our firm is working with some of the more experienced RI and MA workers’ compensation lawyers and there is no fee until you win your case or get a settlement. Call us today or fill out a contact form for a free (no obligation) case evaluation. The experienced lawyers that we work with will help you get the compensation that you are entitled to.