When many people think of workers compensation claims, they often think of accidents that occur at work. What happens when a worker suffers an injury as a result of normal job activities? If an accident isn't the cause of an injury, are workers still eligible for compensation? The answer in many cases is yes. Here we look at how heavy lifting at work can cause painful injuries that may qualify for workers compensation.
Causes of heavy lifting injuries
Back, leg and neck injuries can result from a variety of tasks workers are routinely asked to perform on the job. In some cases the injury may be the result of improper lifting techniques while others may be the result of pushing, pulling or otherwise trying to move an object that is too heavy, awkward or cumbersome. Regardless of how a heavy lifting injury occurs, back injuries account for 20 percent of all workplace injuries.
Workers compensation for heavy lifting injuries
Injuries that are caused by heavy lifting at work can have serious consequences for the affected worker. These consequences can be both short and long term, in some cases even resulting in a workers inability to return to work. In the best case scenario, a worker will only need to miss work for a short period of time, however medical treatment, physical therapy and medication may be required to treat a heavy lifting injury. Workers who have been injured at work must be aware of their rights and the protection offered through workers compensation. This protection may cover medical attention, follow-up care and compensation for lost wages.