Workplace injuries may be sudden, traumatic events such as a falling object, vehicle accident, or even explosion. No matter the cause of a workplace injury, if you have been injured at work you may be entitled to workers’ compensation coverage to cover your medical care and treatment.
If you were injured on the job or suffered a work-related illness, then you could be wondering how you’re going to pay your medical bills, who is going to cover your lost wages, and how you’re going to support your family. Discuss your on-the-job injury case with an experienced Crawford County workers compensation attorney.
Common Workplace Accidents
Work injuries can be the result of a sudden traumatic event, or they can be the result of years of working with unsafe equipment. The following are some of the most common type of workplace accidents we have experience in:
On the job violent acts – Violence in the workplace and in the workforce is a problem that many businesses and companies do not think about until there has been an injury, or worse, a death. Companies have a duty to try to prevent or address known workplace violence.
Repetitive motion injuries – Certain repetitive injuries such as bursitis, tendonitis, and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome can lead to workplace injuries and lost wages as well as significant financial burdens
Machine entanglement – workers who are caught in the moving parts of a machine can face cuts and lacerations, bruises, fractures, contusions, sprains, and even amputations. Employers who do not provide the proper safety measures for their employees may lead to a workers compensation claim.
Vehicle crashes – Truck drivers, delivery workers, sanitation workers, and even employees who must travel for work may be entitled to receive workers compensation benefits if they are injured while they are working.
Falling object injuries – Construction workers and those who work in heavy industries are often at risk of being injured by falling objects. The Arkansas Department of Labor has noted that falling objects are a major health concern to workers and employers alike.
Certain industries have an elevated risk of workplace accidents. Construction sites for example often are filled with hazardous tools, equipment, and facilities. However, injuries can happen regardless of your worksite. If you have suffered an on-the-site injury then you may be entitled to workers compensation payments. No matter the injury or the industry if you have been injured you deserve guidance and support. To schedule a fell initial consultation, call our office today.
Workers Compensation Benefits
Injuries can result in significant medical bills, lost wages, and even a drastic reduction in the quality of your life. Injured workers may be entitled to all of the following types of benefits for a workplace injury.
Medical Expenses—If you otherwise qualify for workers’ compensation, then 100% of your medical expenses are covered. This can include doctor’s visits, hospital expenses, x-rays, MRI’s and
Temporary Total Disability (TTD)—If your injury requires you to take time off to heal, you are entitled to weekly wage loss benefits. The amount of weekly wage loss benefits is two-thirds of your average gross weekly pay.
Permanent Partial Disability (PPD)—Permanent Partial Disability consists of payments for an anatomical impairment rating given you by your treating doctor. The amount of these payments depends on upon the body part impaired and how this impairment will impact your life.
Permanent Total Disability (PTD)—If your injury leaves you unable to work permanently, you are entitled to workers’ compensation for life. Similar to TTD, the compensation amount is two-thirds of your average gross weekly pay.
Wage Loss Differential—If your injury leaves you unable to perform your current job and you are forced to take a lower-paying job, you are entitled to compensation for your decrease in pay. The amount of compensation is no more than two-thirds of the difference between your current and former average, gross, weekly wage.
Survivor Benefits—If a worker is killed on the job, his dependent heirs may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Despite the availability of these benefits workers who have been injured on the job site often report that they find the worker’s compensation system to be wholly unfriendly and confusing. In addition, many workers find that the laws are too complex to navigate on their own. If you have been injured at work it is possible that you will be entitled to any of the above benefits.
Get the Help of Crawford County Workplace Injury Attorney Ken Kieklak
For more than 20 years, Ken Kieklak, Attorney at Law has fought for hard-working Arkansans who are injured at work. To schedule your free and confidential initial consultation, call (479) 316-0438 or contact us online today.