Many claims for workers' compensation are based on the injuries that individuals suffer when they are performing their job duties. However, Oregon residents can also suffer work-related harm when their tasks cause them to become ill. Certain illnesses are common in certain industries, and this post will touch on some of the conditions that individuals can develop from the work that they do.
Workers' comp is an important form of insurance that provides individuals with financial support when they suffer work-related injuries. While understanding when something is "work-related" may seem obvious to some people, knowing just when workers' compensation may apply to an Oregon resident's claim can be tough. Though this post will briefly discuss what it means for an accident to be work-related, all readers are asked to discuss their workers' compensation claims with their attorneys.
A pulled back muscle or strain can cause a person to feel significant pain and tenderness. When their back is affected by an injury, an Oregon resident may struggle to do even the most simple of tasks like tying their shoes or putting on their clothes. Back injuries that are caused by on-the-job accidents and incidents may form the bases of workers' compensation claims and may develop from a number of different occupational situations.
A workplace injury can be incredibly scary. The details of an incident may bring to light dangers that a Portland worker can face in their line of employment, and the shock of coming close to possible death can cause the victim to reflect on their life. In the wake of the physical and emotional trauma that a victim of a workplace accident can experience, that victim may struggle to take the necessary steps to ensure that they and their family is provided for.
An injury at work can be a difficult event to get past. An Oregon resident who suffers on-the-job injuries may feel as though they have been victimized twice - once when they suffered their harm and once when they had to leave work and lose pay to recover from it. Seeking workers' compensation benefits may be their best option to get by as they recuperate from their injuries.
Previous posts on this blog have talked about the dangers highway construction workers face as they dedicate themselves to improving the highways and other roads of the Portland metropolitan area.
Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, has been better understood in the mental health and medical community over the past several decades. While it used to be seen as a condition affecting combat veterans, experts now understand that the condition can develop in anyone who has experienced trauma, even second-hand.
Even in lines of work that people in Portland, Oregon, might think of as safe, employees can get severely injured in a lot of ways. These so-called catastrophic work injuries can, in one fell swoop, lead to millions of dollars in workers' compensation payments in the form of medical bills, rehabilitation expenses and lost wages.
A previous post on this blog talked about how employers in Portland and the rest of Oregon have an obligation to protect their workers from exposure to chemicals and other toxic substances. When toxins have to be used in the course of a business's trade, then an employer has to take appropriate safety precautions and provide the equipment workers need to keep themselves from getting sick.
Even though there are constant efforts in Oregon to improve the quality of the environment generally and, in particular, within the workplace, the reality is that many workers in the Portland area still have to work with or around chemicals that are known to be toxic and hazardous to one's health.