Workplace injuries lead to issues for both employers and employees. If an employee is hurt on the job, then they can receive worker's compensation insurance. As an employer, you want your workers to be safe and yet you don't want to payout extra money to your employees who aren't even able to come to work. Here are some of the most common ways employees are injured at work and how you can avoid it.
- When you are in the middle of a personal injury lawsuit and are waiting for your settlement check, your lawyer will be working hard on helping you receive a sufficient amount of compensation for your injuries. While you may be aware that you will be compensated for missed days at work, you should also realize that you might be able to receive compensation for the change in your potential income in the future.
- If you are battling the symptoms of depression you may find it difficult to concentrate or perform your regular work duties. You may fear you will lose your job or that you will never be able to hold down a full-time job again. You may even be wondering if you are qualified for Social Security Disability benefits due to your depression. Whether you qualify for disability benefits depends on the nature and length of your depression and how your symptoms affect your ability to hold a regular job.
- When you think of workplace injuries, it's easy to think of obvious accidents, like slipping and falling on a wet floor, getting hit in the head by a falling box in the storeroom, or being exposed to a hazardous material. However, repetitive stress injuries – injuries caused by making the same movements over and over with some part of your body – actually account for a large number of workers compensation claims.
- Thousands of former NFL players filed a class action lawsuit against the NFL for failing to disclose the dangers of concussions. Concussions are head injuries that could lead to serious health implications with repeated head trauma. A settlement was reached in which the NFL will pay up to $5 million to each retired player with a history of repeated head trauma who took part in the class action lawsuit. Due to the high profile of this case (and others) medical researchers, parents, schools, youth leagues, and coaches are more concerned about sports-related concussions than ever before.