Occupational Injuries

January 22nd, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Many people have dangerous jobs and are often injured while working. You can usually be compensated for your injuries and for the pay that you miss out on while you are recovering from your injury. These injuries may range from headaches due to a concussion or a broken bone and sometimes you may not even miss work. Compensation is still available to you for any alterations in your work that occur from work-related injury.

workers compensation IMAGE The Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines a work-related injury to be one that “an event or exposure in the work environment either caused or contributed to the resulting condition or significantly aggravated a pre-existing condition.”

Some recorded results from work-related injuries include:

  • Death;
  • Loss of consciousness;
  • Days away from work;
  • Professional medical treatment;
  • Restricted work activity or job transfer;
  • Significant injuries diagnosed by a professional such as cancer, fractured bones, chronic irreversible diseases, or punctured eardrums.

If you are injured at work and you must miss days of work to recover from the injury, you can also be compensated for the missed wages. These cases are called DART cases. They involve one of the following:

  • Days away from work: when one or more days of work are missed with or without days of restriction or job transfer;
  • Job transfer or restriction: when you are injured at work and you are kept from doing a particular part of your job or you are temporarily transferred to a different job while you are injured.

Although your injury may not prevent you from working, you can be compensated for not only the injury itself, but also for the days in which your job is altered in any way due to your work-related injury. If you have been injured at work and you wish to be compensated, contact a workers’ compensation attorney in Cook County, Ill. today.

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