What Kinds of Injuries Qualify for Workers’ Compensation?
When you hear the term “work injury,” it’s easy for your mind to jump straight to sprained ankles and thrown-out backs. In reality, though, Rhode Island’s workers’ compensation laws cover a lot more than just immediate physical injuries. To give you an idea of what qualifies, consider the following types of injuries and illnesses:
Injuries Caused By Heavy Machinery
Heavy machinery and dangerous work equipment frequently lead to burns, sprains, torn ligaments, broken bones, loss of limb, concussions, brain injuries, and more. All of these can be covered under your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
As their name suggests, repetitive stress injuries are caused by the repetition of a certain movement. For instance, if you spend all day every day rotating your wrist a certain way for work, your wrist may start to hurt more and more even when you’re not working. This kind of ongoing pain is a classic symptom of a repetitive stress injury.
The best way to prevent a repetitive stress injury is to take breaks regularly and switch up the motions you use at work. Still, if you are experiencing a condition like bursitis, tendonitis, or carpal tunnel syndrome, you should see a doctor and notify your employer.
Some workplace dangers aren’t immediately obvious. In fact, many don’t reveal themselves until years later. For instance, workers who unknowingly inhale dangerous chemicals, toxins, or even natural elements can later develop certain cancers, illnesses, and diseases. Even conditions like heart attacks and psychological breakdowns can be linked to the workplace.
If you’ve developed such a condition, please don’t wait to speak up. By saying something, you could get the payment you need to cover your expenses, and you just might save the next worker from going through the same thing.