Posts From November, 2021

Not All Work Accidents Happen In A Building – Car Accidents On Your Way To Work

A mention of work-related injuries paints a picture of a job site, especially a construction or manufacturing plant. But did you know that not all work-related accidents happen on the job, specifically in a building? Today, we’ll look at one such accident – Car accidents.

Car Accidents As Work-Related Accidents

According to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 24 percent of all work-related deaths are often a result of workers driving or riding in a motor vehicle on a public road. In 2019, this made up 1,270 deaths in the United States.

As of now, motor vehicle crashes are either the first or the second cause of death in every primary industry group. This means that workers who drive as part of their job might be at a higher risk for motor vehicle crashes than other motorists because they spend more time on the road.

With that in mind, here are the dangerous situations that a driver at work might face if they are on the road for extended periods:

  • Fatigue or drowsiness
  • Distractions that can lead to reckless driving
  • Dangerous roads
  • Unfamiliar routes
  • Different work zones
  • Impaired judgment due to drug use of alcohol

While these issues are threats to every driver, they are more likely to be encountered by those who spend a significant amount of time on the road, particularly drivers at work. Additionally, some of these issues, like reckless driving or impaired judgment, might not be the drivers’ fault.

Also, certain occupations put drivers at greater risk than others because they require drivers to be on the road more than usual, or at least more than the average driver. These include:

  • Truck drivers
  • Police officers
  • Taxi or rideshare workers
  • Sanitary workers
  • Firefighters
  • Oil and gas extraction workers
  • Delivery persons
  • Salespeople

Some of these occupations, like firefighters and police officers, might additionally require them to drive at high speeds, even if it is late at night. This means that these drivers are often in danger of getting into motor vehicle crashes.

Another thing to note is that the risk extends to passengers or other pedestrian workers like highway maintenance crews or construction workers. They, too, could also be injured in work-related motor vehicle accidents.

Conclusion

Typically, the employer covers the driver, sometimes even when they are either partially or entirely at fault. But if they are at fault, the long-term benefits under the worker’s compensation claim might not be provided to the driver. Also, passengers or other pedestrian workers can get workers’ compensation with the help of an attorney if they are injured in a work-related crash. Having issues obtaining workers’ compensation benefits can be frustrating, but when you get ahold of us, we will go over the details with you so you know what to expect from your claim.

  • Posted on: Nov 30 2021
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PTSD As A Work-Related Condition

Usually, when we hear post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), we think about veterans unable to assimilate back into society. However, PTSD can result from traumatic experiences or injuries at work. In some cases, this can also make one eligible for worker’s compensation.

But showing the connection between work and PTSD can be challenging. With that in mind, let’s look at how one can claim to be experiencing PTSD while on the job.

PTSD On The Job

Specific work experiences can trigger PTSD symptoms in workers. These include:

  • Developing depression or anxiety after a physical injury
  • Getting assaulted or robbed
  • Witnessing a fatality or another traumatic event when at work

The truth is that every worker is at risk of experiencing any of these traumatic events while on the job. However, certain workers have a higher risk of on-the-job PTSD because of the nature of their work since it exposes them to a greater risk of witnessing or experiencing a traumatic event.  These include:

  • Law enforcement officers
  • Fire Fighters
  • Workers in any hazardous industry
  • Medical workers
  • Military Servicemembers
  • Retail workers
  • Teachers

How To Know You Have Work-Related PTSD

Flashbacks, mood changes, debilitating anxieties, and sleeping issues are common problems that follow work-related injuries relating to PTSD.

These are also signs that a worker is struggling with PTSD symptoms. Therefore, under such circumstances, these mental health conditions are considered work-related illnesses. And because they are work-related, the worker is deemed eligible for Workers Compensation coverage of PTSD.

This would typically include payment for any mental health services and compensation for lost wages. The latter is expected if the worker is out of work due to a psychological condition stemming from PTSD.

Compensation For PTSD

Since diagnosing PTSD can be challenging, especially concerning work-related injuries, receiving compensation becomes problematic as well. PTSD treatment following work-related experiences is also rarely provided – and when it is provided, it is barely adequate.

Applying for compensation is even more of a challenge since there is no direct connection between work and PTSD. However, with the help of experienced medical and legal professionals, workers can get the support they need to pursue treatment and care.

Conclusion

If you are diagnosed with PTSD following a work-related injury, ensure you seek the help of an attorney to help you get the compensation, treatment, and care you need. It is not unusual to get coverage for a psychological injury. Therefore, don’t shy away from obtaining compensation for work-related mental health conditions. Get ahold of us today so that we can discuss the options you have to receive your work-related compensation for PTSD.

  • Posted on: Nov 15 2021
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