At its core, workers compensation is supposed to help injured workers make ends meet while they recover from injuries suffered from on-the-job accidents. In many of our posts, we have highlighted construction accidents, industrial site mishaps and even claims based on the excessive wearing of high heels. But should workers' compensation pay for medical expenses and time lost when an employee is a snake bite victim?
It is understandable that the construction industry will slow down in July and August, as these are traditionally the hottest months of the year in our region, but for the trucking industry, business is still robust. With how active truckers are, the number of them who are severely injured while working may still be a mystery.
In the many instances where we highlight workers' compensation benefits, it is because of physical injuries suffered during the course of one's work activities. Which begs the question, can a worker receive benefits due to psychological injuries stemming from a workplace accident?
Among their many duties, employers must provide a safe working environment for their employees. Failing to do so may lead to the employer being held legally responsible for injuries suffered due to hazards that should have been remedied. Because of this, it is not uncommon for some injuries to merit both workers’ compensation benefits as well as monetary damages (money paid) from a personal injury lawsuit due to an employer’s negligence.
In our prior posts, we highlighted how the culture of fear may prevent injured workers from taking the proper rest or time away from work to heal from their injuries. Unfortunately, the same culture may exist in some companies and some worksites that prevent workers from reporting safety violations and hazards that could lead to serious injuries.
Wouldn’t it be great if all employers would provide continual monetary benefits to injured workers as they recover from their ailments? After all, for many employees, not being able to work is stressful enough because some workers believe that they will lose their jobs altogether. Combine that stress with the inability to earn a living to pay bills, and it is understandable that workers’ compensation benefits are necessary.