The Working Man: When Can Your Injury be Considered Work-Related

construction signAccidents can happen at the workplace no matter how big or small a company is. More dangerous work settings such as construction sites and big factories often pose greater risks of injuries to the workers. Falling materials, faulty machinery and equipment, and an unsafe work environment are all factors that could lead to injury.

Most of the responsibility of keeping the workplace safe falls on the employer. Failure to do so can lead to injuries and lawsuits. Not every injury suffered at the workplace is because of the employer’s negligence, though. Before filing your industrial injury claims, here are a few instances of when an injury is considered work-related to know whether you can get compensation or not.

Injuries Caused by Repetitive Motion

This type of workplace injury is one of those less obvious ones that become harmful in the long run. Repetitive motions related to your job can strain muscles and tendons, causing pain and injury to several parts of the body. This can be as simple as typing and using the computer for most of the day. This prolonged, repetitive activity can strain the muscles, causing back pains, vision problems, and possibly even carpal tunnel syndrome. If the condition worsens, the workers may have legal basis for filing an industrial work-related injury claim.

Stress-Related Injuries

Stress is often part of the root cause of many work-related injuries, even playing a role in heart diseases and cancers. Physically-demanding works such as pulling, lifting, carrying, and holding heavy materials can cause a lot of stress not only to your body, but also to the mind.

Being stressed at work means your mind is too occupied to think clearly. It takes its toll on you, which could then lead to injuries or accidents.

Work-Related Illnesses

An illness becomes a work-related one if your job increases the risk of developing and suffering from that disease. There must be a clear connection between your job and the illness, however, to prove that the employer is responsible and that you’re eligible for compensation. If non-work factors such as your diet, hobbies, and smoking and drinking habits are the cause for your lung disease, for example, then you don’t have a case. But if repetitive and unintentional inhaling of toxic fumes from your workplace, for example, led to your lung cancer, then you can file for an injury claim.

Workplace injuries and accidents can greatly affect your physical and mental health, as it can cause a major disability that’s ultimately detrimental to your work and personal life. This is why a safe work environment is important not just for the company to protect from lawsuits, but also to protect employees.

Resources:

http://www.hse.gov.uk/statistics/
http://securelaw.co.uk/accident-claims/work-related-illness/
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Repetitive-strain-injury/Pages/Introduction.aspx