Have you been seriously injured on the job? As we have discussed, workplace injuries are common throughout the San Fernando Valley. Common or not, this does not mean you should not seek the financial compensation that is rightfully yours. While filing a workers' claim is a wise first step (learn more about filing a workers comp claim in California here), rarely does workers comp insurance provide enough benefits for employees injured on the job. However, by pursuing a third-party claim, you might be able to receive added compensation for your workplace injuries.
What are the most common workplace injuries?
A recent research report by Department of Labor & Industries indicated that 95% of all workers comp claims paid out by the Department were for 7 types of "compensable" claims involving serious injuries to employees. A compensable claim involves an injury so serious that the employee had to take time off work to recover, had to change jobs, or was permanently disabled.
The seven most common types of injuries on the job include:
Caught in/under/between machinery.
Falls from elevation, i.e. from ladders, roofs or other elevated surfaces
Fall at same level, such as slips, trips and falls on flat surfaces.
Struck by/against a moving or flying object, or by noise (noise impacts the ear drum)
Motor vehicle accidents - traffic accidents
Work-related musculoskeletal disorders of the lower extremities (knees ankles and feet)
Musculoskeletal Injuries of Upper Body (Neck, back and arms) from overexertion, kneeling, squatting, or other repetitive motion, lifting, awkward posture, hand pinching or gripping or vibration.
Which professions have the most on-the-job injuries?
Not surprisingly, the construction industry ranked highest for the number of employees injured on the job. However, food service workers (waiters, cooks, etc…) were also up on the list for slip and falls and related workplace accidents. Additionally, those employed in the manufacturing and auto industries also have high rates of workplace injuries. Your California employer has a legal duty to provide and maintain a safe and healthful workplace for you and your co-workers.