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Back injuries a professional hazard for nursing assistants

While health care workers spend their time taking care of those who are sick or injured, many end up as patients themselves as the result of injuries on the job.

According to the Department of Labor's Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing assistants and orderlies  suffer more than 35,000 back and other musculoskeletal injuries each year that are serious enough for them to miss work. Nursing assistants and orderlies suffer a higher rate of back injuries than any other profession: more than warehouse workers, construction workers and truckers.

When a construction worker is injured by a safety violation

When a safety violation causes an injury on a construction site, the injured may have options beyond workers’ compensation.

Negligence can take a heavy toll on construction workers. Georgia workers’ compensation pays wage loss and medical care benefits for people injured on the job, regardless of who was at fault. If someone other than the worker, a fellow worker or employer was at fault, workers’ compensation may not be the sole source of recovery for the injured worker. These are known as third-party cases.

Are knee injuries covered by workers’ compensation?

Many Georgia workers suffer from work-related knee injuries. These injuries may be covered by workers’ compensation.

Knees injuries can happen as the result of an accident that happens on the job or repetitive stress to the knee joint from work activities. As long as the injury is job-related and prevents you from working, you may be entitled to medical care and income benefits from workers’ compensation.

Who pays for a work-related car accident?

It may be possible to recover compensation from more than one source if you are injured in a work-related car accident.

Georgia workers' compensation pays benefits for car accidents if you were driving as a part of your job, regardless of who was at fault. If the accident was caused by another driver, you would also have the right to make a personal injury claim against the other driver's insurance company and file suit against the at-fault driver, if necessary.

Dealing with a work-related head injury

Experiencing a head injury at work can be frightening. The potential for a brain injury exists even if there is no outward sign of damage.

If the injury occurred on the job, you are covered by Georgia workers’ compensation. Now is a time when you should use those benefits to make sure you are all right. Workers’ compensation provides free medical care to treat work-related injuries. It also provides disability income if you are unable to work or can only work full time due to an injury that happens on the job.  

Dealing with a work-related repetitive stress injury

Many different types of workers suffer from repetitive stress injuries on the job. Unfortunately, not all workers get the medical treatment and benefits they need from workers' compensation.

Injuries such as muscle strain, carpal tunnel syndrome or tendinitis can be extremely painful and make it impossible to do your job. The following are just a few examples of the types of workers who can suffer from repetitive stress injuries:

What is a workers' compensation settlement?

A workers' compensation settlement is when an injured worker trades his or her right to continue receiving medical or wage loss benefits in exchange for a lump-sum payment. It is an important decision, and one the injured worker should not make lightly.

Here are some questions an injured worker should ask before accepting a workers' compensation settlement:

Can I get workers' compensation if I am an independent contractor?

Independent contractors often find their worker's compensation claims denied on the basis that they are not employees. However, just because your employer has classified you as an independent contractor does not mean you are not eligible for workers' compensation.

Some employers misclassify workers as independent contractors so they can reduce payroll costs. If your employer has misclassified you as an independent contractor when you should have been classified as an employee, you may be eligible for workers' compensation for an injury suffered on the job.

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