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Common injuries health care workers face on the job

Health care is one of the fast-growing industries in the United States. More than 18 million people work in health care with that number expected to grow as the baby boom generation (those now between 56-74) continue to age.

While many people choose a health care career because they enjoy helping patients and can earn strong wages, they do face risks on the job. In fact, in 2017, 2.8 million health care workers received injuries or illnesses related to their job.

In what situation should I file a workers' compensation claim?

Getting injured in a workplace accident is stressful in many ways. You'll go through pain and suffering, you'll need to take rest to recover, and you'll lose wages. No-one wants to go through this ordeal. Unfortunately, if you work as a construction worker, you're at a much higher risk than most of the population for being injured on the job.

That's where workers' compensation insurance comes in. Workers' compensation is important because it minimizes the financial impact that a work-related injury has on an employee, and helps them to move forward with their lives in a positive way.

Depression is commonly caused by a workplace accident

Being injured at work can affect every aspect of your life. Not only will you likely be in a lot of pain and struggling to complete daily tasks, but you'll also have to spend time at home or in the hospital or at home recovering, while unable to earn a living and get to work.

This can be a very frustrating position to be in, especially when your injury is a serious one and you are facing a long road to recovery. The circumstances that injured workers face can make them susceptible to depression. If you are experiencing symptoms of depression at work, you should make sure that you talk to a medical professional. The following are some things that you should also consider.

How workers' compensation laws apply to Minnesota workers

If you were injured at work in Minnesota, you'll probably want to file for workers' compensation. You'll likely be able to do this if you suffered financially as a result of your injury, whether that was due to medical bills or lost wages.

Before you file for workers' compensation, you should make sure that you have a good understanding of how the law applies to you. The following is an overview of how workers' compensation laws apply to workers in Minnesota.

Auto mechanic workshops are packed with safety hazards

Thousands of auto mechanics nationwide, including Minnesota, risk occupational injuries and illnesses each day. If you are one of them, caustic chemicals and heavy equipment will threaten you whenever you are at work. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, employers in all industries must provide safe work environments free of known hazards. 

However, many employers prioritize profits instead of employee safety. Therefore, it would be a good idea for you to become familiar with your industry's typical hazards.

Understanding the dangers posed by cranes

If you work in the construction industry, you likely work with cranes occasionally. Cranes offer a relatively safe way to carry heavy materials at a significant height. While using the equipment tends to be safer than manual labor, there are still several dangers that can present themselves.

You need to be aware of the dangers of cranes before working with them. Your employer has the responsibility to inform you of the safety regulations in place, provide you with the appropriate safety equipment, and to give you adequate information on your workers' compensation rights.

Construction safety standards that you should know

If you are a construction worker employed by a company, you should be protected by the safety standards that they put in place. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets regulations that employers must follow to prevent injury and death in the workplace.

The fatal injury rate in the construction industry is higher than in any other industry in the United States. Therefore, as a construction worker, you should take the time to understand the safety procedures that should be in place in your working environment.

What counts as an on-the-job injury?

If you were injured in the workplace, it's likely that you will have suffered not only physically but financially as well. You'll probably have lost wages as the result of needing to take time off to recover, and you may have also incurred child care costs as a result of being unable to look after your children. It's likely that you also had to pay medical bills as the result of needing to gain treatment.

If you were injured while working, you'll probably be entitled to receive workers' compensation to cover these out-of-pocket expenses. However, you will need to show that you were engaging in work-related activities to successfully gain this compensation.

Same-level falls more prevalent than falls from heights

It might surprise you, but you risk catastrophic injuries from falls even if you never work at elevated levels. Same-level falls are often known as slips, trips and falls because that is precisely what they are. Regardless of whether you spend your work hours in a Minnesota office, manufacturing plant or fulfillment center, a wet spot on the floor or a randomly placed object can cause you to fall.

The specific hazards of your workplace will determine the severity of your injuries. How you land, what you strike and the part of your body that connects are all factors in same-level falls.

What is considered horseplay in workplace accidents?

If you have been injured in the workplace and financial damages occurred as a result of this accident, you have the right to file for workers' compensation. When you file for workers' compensation, you will need to provide details of the nature of your accident.

Workers' compensation is fairly inclusive of all types of accidents in the workplace. Unlike car accident claims, you will not be required to prove that you were not at fault for the causation of the injury in order to gain back damages. However, if it is shown that the cause of the accident was horseplay, you may not be entitled to workers' compensation. The following is an overview of what you need to know about horseplay in the context of workers' compensation.

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