Workers' Compensation Accidents
Common Workplace Accidents
Employees can sustain an on-the-job through any number of work-related accidents. Workplace accidents can lead to serious work-related injuries such as broken bones, concussions, or a spinal cord injury. Unlike personal injury claims, workers' compensation is not concerned with fault or negligence. All that is necessary to file a workers' comp claim is an actual injury that took place "on the clock" while performing your job duties.
Causes of On-the-Job Accidents
Some of the most common cases are slip and fall accidents. Defective products and poorly maintained machinery could also injure a worker. Failure to repair or maintain heavy machinery could cause it to malfunction, injuring the worker using it or anyone nearby. Electrical problems and chemical splashes can also cause injuries, such as severe burns. Inhalation is another problem in some workplaces and could cause severe breathing complications and lung injuries.
Accidents in the Construction / Industrial Fields
Accidents are much more common in physical labor-intensive fields like construction and factory work. Workers' compensation claims in these fields are commonly caused by:
- Falls from scaffolding and other heights
- Slip & falls on unstable or slick surfaces
- Hit by falling or flying objects
Accidents in Other Fields
Accidents don't just happen in construction and industrial occupations. Every employee, with very few exceptions, is entitled to workers' compensation, including employees working in:
- Office jobs
- Animal control, veterinary, etc.
- Food service
What to Do After a Job Site Accident
The first thing you should do after being injured in a work-related accident is to report the injury to your supervisor. Get emergency treatment for any serious injuries, if necessary, and then visit human resources to obtain, complete, and return any associated workers' compensation documents. You only have 90 days to file a claim from the date of your injury, which is why you must not hesitate to take action after your accident.
Get the Compensation You Deserve
Chapter 616C of the Nevada Revised Statutes provides very strict laws regarding the filing of
workers' compensation claims, as well as denials and the appeal process. Shook & Stone could provide a competent Las Vegas workers' compensation lawyer to counsel and represent you in a workers' comp claim. We have decades of experience and will stop at nothing to win the payment you need to cover your injury expenses. Call today or complete our
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