Some workplaces in Colorado, especially industrial ones, are filled with potential dangers. Others have little to none. Yet all have potential problems where injuries can occur, even when an environment seems completely safe.
If you are a victim of a workplace injury that qualifies for workers’ compensation, chances are one of eight common scenarios caused the accident or scenario. The most likely causes of workplace injuries are:
In addition to these causes, many variables can contribute to the severity of workplace injuries. Some causes are self-explanatory. Lifting in warehouses can cause repetitive injuries commonly involving the lower back or other parts of the musculoskeletal structure. Fatigue from physical labor can cause workers to not think about what they are doing, leading to accidents or physical exhaustion from not taking a break.
Poor lighting is hazardous when operating machinery in warehouses or industrial operations. Not being able to see can lead to disastrous consequences and contribute to slips and falls where floors may be sticky or wet. Improper handling of hazardous materials can cause myriad health problems.
Workplace violence also qualifies for workers’ compensation if you suffer injuries in an incident with a disgruntled employee.
Reporting the injury to your employer and your doctor as soon as possible after the incident is an integral part of the claims process. If you don’t follow the proper process, it can result in an initial denial, even though the incident that caused the injury occurred at your workplace. Ensure that your records are thorough and truthful and that you do not overreport or underreport your symptoms.
Denials for some conditions are common, as the insurance company backing the workers’ compensation policy may try to pin the injury on you. If you experience a denial, don’t give up. Filing a subsequent appeal with more comprehensive information can get you the compensation you need for medical treatments and time off work.