Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that helps provide wage replacement and additional medical benefits to workers who are injured on the job. The type of benefits an individual may receive as part of a worker’s compensation plan varies state by state.
According a 2009 National Hospital Ambulatory Care Survey more than 1.57 million persons who visited the emergency room expected to use their workers compensation to cover their unexpected injuries.
In 2011 the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that there were more than 2.98 million recordable cases of workplace injuries and illnesses, and more than 4,600 were fatal injuries.
The Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is available to provide support for persons injured on the job and those who have lost a loved one due to a fatal accident or injury caused by their occupation. If you or a loved one is struggling to receive the worker’s compensation benefits they are entitled to, our attorneys can help you.
At O’Connor, Acciani & Levy we understand how frustrating it can be to deal with worker’s compensation paperwork and the companies who try to minimize your injuries. We are dedicated to fighting for the rights of the injured while you recuperate from your injuries or loss.
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As stated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction and transportation industries have the highest amount of worker fatalities.
Some of the most frequently injured worker claims are attributed to the following industries:
- Specialty Trade Construction
- Truck Transportation
- Transportation & Warehousing
- Health Care Services
- Hospitality & Leisure
Additionally, approximately 8% of fatal work injuries occurred in the professional and businesses services industry and 7% in the financial industry. Although there are some industries that are more dangerous than others, truly all workers are susceptible to serious workplace injuries.
Common Workers' Compensation Injuries
There are many different causes for workplace injuries and depending on the industry many workplace hazards to cause these injuries. Transportation and construction are dangerous occupations due to the many hazards such as moving vehicles, beams, tools, and so forth. However, those in manufacturing may be exposed to harmful substances of work with machinery that could cause serious harm. Slip and fall accidents accounted for approximately 15% of all injuries requiring days away from work with injured workers needing an average of 10 days to fully recuperate.
Some common workplace injuries include:
- Burns (including chemical burns)
- Breathing Problems
- Loss of Limb
- Musculoskeletal Injuries
- Head Trauma
- Facial & Dental Injuries
Workers involved in transportation accidents with another vehicle or object could quickly be dealing with typical car accident injuries as well such as whiplash, concussion, and seatbelt injuries.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
The type of benefits provided for injured workers or employees who fell ill due to their occupation vary from state to state. However, most commonly workers’ compensation benefits are broken down into four categories:
Wage Replacement – Provides lost wages to workers who have fallen ill or been injured on the job, in most states wage replacement is only available to those whose injuries have left them unable to work for more than 8 days.
Medical Treatment – Medical treatment can cover a variety of injuries and illnesses. Persons who are temporarily or permanently disabled will likely receive benefits for an extended period of time. Medical costs may include doctors’ visits, prescription medication, follow-up appointments, and physical therapy.
Vocational Rehabilitation – If an injured worker is unable to return to their occupation, some workers’ compensation plans cover rehabilitation that will assist the victim find and retain adequate work. Vocational rehabilitation might include training programs, vocational schooling, and more.
Other – If a worker is fatally injured or has been diagnosed with a fatal illness as a result of their occupation, the victims’ family may receive death benefits. These types of benefits may include burial costs, lost wages, and further recompense.
As workers’ compensation laws vary from state to state, speaking with an experienced workers’ compensation lawyers can help you determine if you may be eligible to make a claim. Contact our knowledgeable lawyers to learn more about what benefits may be available for you and your family.
Contact our Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Today
Filing for a worker’s compensation can a difficult process to go through, especially if you are the victim of an accident and are still healing from your injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a workplace accident due to negligence of another party, the victim may be entitled to further compensation for their medical bills, lost wages, and more.
For more than 30 years, O’Connor, Acciani & Levy have opened our doors to injured persons seeking comprehensive legal counsel. We are experienced in worker’s compensation personal injury claims and can help guide you through the entire litigation process. Our offices are located through the state of Ohio and we are proud to serve the following areas:
We also have an office in Covington, Kentucky. Contact us at 1-877-288-3241 and one of our intake staff members will connect you with one of our knowledgeable lawyers after a few preliminary questions about your incident.
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