Working in winter weather is never a picnic. Commerce doesn't take a holiday when it's cold out, and from postmen to presidents, most of us still have to go to work in cold weather.
Here are some of the most common winter work injuries, and what you can do about them:
1. Can I Get Worker's Comp for The Flu?
We may not always think of a cold, flu, or other sickness as work-related injuries, but if your job exposes you to conditions or people who get you sick, do you have any recourse? As a general rule, in order to receive workers' compensation benefits, you must be able to prove that your injury was caused by your work duties or the conditions of your workplace, and to get workers' comp for the flu, you'll probably need to show you contracted disease at work or on the clock.
2. When Ice Causes a Car Accident, Who's Liable?
Many of us drive to and from work, and quite a few of us drive for work. Does that matter if you're involved in an accident due to winter road conditions? While workers' comp may not cover your morning commute, if you're injured in a car crash while making a delivery, running a work-related errand, driving another employee for work-related purposes, or otherwise in transit for which you'll be compensated by your employer, you could be eligible for compensation.
3. Can I Get Workers' Compensation for Frostbite?
It may sound extreme, but so is the weather out there. And some employees have to spend quite a bit of time outdoors in freezing or even sub-zero temperatures. So if you work outside and, as a result of that work, end up with frostbite so severe it keeps you from work, chances are a workers' comp claim will be covered.
Not all employees are covered by workers' compensation insurance, and if a workers' comp claim is denied, you may need to file a lawsuit to be compensated. If you've been injured on the job this winter, contact Habbas & Associates to discuss your legal options at 800-INJURED.
JW was badly injured and then later suffered from severe depression and anxiety as a result. As a single father with two kids he came to Palace Law unable to work and in need of a surgery that L&I wouldn’t allow. L&I closed his claim, ignored his mental health care and refused to share his L&I medical reports with him. Palace Law was relentless getting JW’s claim reopened. We are happy to report that his surgery was paid for and successful, all back wages were paid up and JW is now receiving lifetime benefits so he can support his children without worrying about the future.
Most accidental injuries are no one’s fault; no one could have foreseen or prevented them. Therefore, most accidents are not grounds for a lawsuit. Employers, however, almost always bear some sort of responsibility when their employees get injured at work. Therefore, businesses must carry workers’ compensation insurance in order to cover the costs of medical bills for injured workers. From an employer’s standpoint, though, workers’ compensation is the best-case scenario. A workers’ compensation settlement implies that the accident was no one’s fault. If the accident was the result of negligence on the part of the employer, then the injured employee might have grounds for a type of personal injury lawsuit, specifically, a premises liability lawsuit.
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