Common Workplace Injuries
Workplace injuries can happen even when you follow the correct safety procedures for doing your job. Slips, trips and falls are the most common type of workplace accident in Washington, D.C., and the resulting sprains and strains are the most common type of injury. Our Washington, D.C., workers’ compensation attorneys are familiar with claims involving many types of on-the-job accidents and injuries, including:
- Arm, hand and finger injuries
- Professional sports injuries
- Back, neck and spinal injuries
- Construction accidents
- Cuts and lacerations
- Heavy or defective equipment accidents
- Leg, knee and foot injuries
- Maritime and harbor accidents
- Needle sticks
- Overexertion injuries
- Railroad injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Slip and fall accidents
- Sprains and strains
No matter what type of accident you had, ChasenBoscolo’s D.C. workers’ comp lawyers have the experience and the resources to help you move forward with your life. We’ve helped many victims like you get the compensation they need, and we’ll do our best to help you, too.
Who Qualifies for Workers’ Compensation?
If you were injured while working, you may qualify for benefits. In most instances, workers cannot sue their employers for negligence if they suffer a work-related injury or illness. Instead, they must seek benefits through the workers’ compensation system. Eligibility can vary based on your employment type—such as whether you’re a full-time employee, hired under contract, or a temporary worker—and how your injuries happened. At ChasenBoscolo, we handle workers’ compensation claims every day, and we can help determine if you qualify for benefits.
Available Workers’ Compensation Benefits
All Washington, D.C., employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to protect their workers after on-the-job injuries. However, getting those benefits isn’t always easy, and sometimes claims get rejected. If you need help filing a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, give us a call at (800) 322-3380 or fill out a free initial consultation form.
Workers’ compensation cases are rarely one size fits all, and the amount of compensation you receive depends on your average weekly wage, the severity of your injuries and your expected recovery time. Benefits available for injured employees under workers’ compensation laws can include:
- Wage Loss Benefits
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may be eligible for one of several different types of wage loss benefits, including:
- Temporary Partial Disability
If your injury temporarily prevents you from performing the work required in your normal job, these benefits make up for any reduced wages you receive while you recover. Typically, this is 66 percent of your average weekly wage.
- Temporary Total Disability
These benefits are awarded to workers who work less hours than normal while they are recovering from their injuries.
- Permanent Partial Disability
If your injury causes you to be partially disabled but still able to work, you may receive permanent partial disability benefits.
- Permanent Total Disability
These benefits are awarded to workers who are permanently disabled and unable to return to work.
- Temporary Partial Disability
- Medical Treatment
Your benefits cover the costs of the medical treatment, medical devices, physical therapy, mileage to and from medical appointments and medications you need to recover from your injuries.
- Vocational Rehab
If your injuries prevent you from returning to your former job, you may be eligible for vocational rehabilitation to learn new job skills or find new employment.
- Survivor Benefits and Burial Expenses
Family members, spouses and children of workers who suffer fatal work-related illnesses or injuries may be eligible for benefits. In addition to funeral expenses, dependents may be entitled to ongoing benefits.
- Mileage Reimbursement
Workers’ compensation benefits may partially reimburse your transportation costs to and from doctor’s appointments, physical therapy and hospital visits.
Third-Party Workers’ Compensation Claims
Depending on the facts of your claim, you may be able to seek compensation above and beyond what workers’ compensation coverage provides. Third-party cases allow injured workers to hold parties other than their employer accountable for causing their injuries. Examples of third-party cases include:
- On-The-Job Car Accidents
If you were working and involved in a car accident, you may be able to seek compensation from the driver that struck you.
- Defective Products
From poorly designed power tools to construction materials containing harmful chemicals, defective products can pose a variety of health and safety hazards to workers. The businesses that design, market or manufacture these products can be held accountable for their negligence in court.
- Third-Party Businesses and Contractors
You may be able to file a separate claim against contractors, subcontractors or third-party businesses that contributed to your injuries at work.
The Most Dangerous Jobs in Washington, D.C.
Living and working in Washington, D.C., can come with some unfortunate dangers. Workplaces and job sites are some of the most accident-prone locations in D.C. Each year, thousands of D.C. workers lose paychecks, and around 10 people are killed in on-the-job accidents. Workplace accident incident rates are especially high if you’re employed in the service, construction or healthcare industries.
According to the District of Columbia Department of Health, the most dangerous jobs in Washington, D.C., are:
- Hospitality and Service Industries
From waiters to hotel staff, Washington, D.C., depends on employees in the service industries to keep the lifeblood of the city flowing. But service industry employees are most at risk of suffering workplace accidents in the District of Columbia. Workers in the service industry report over 3100 injuries or illnesses caused by workplace accidents every year, accounting for 97 percent of private sector accidents and injuries in the District.
- Health Care and Social Assistance
Each year, more than 1,100 healthcare workers in the public and private sectors report missing days from work due to a workplace accident or work-related illness. Accidental needle sticks are the second most common reason for missing a day of work in D.C., with 520 cases reported every year.
Heavy and civil engineering, contractors, architectural and related services only account for about 3.4% of all workplace accidents in D.C., but they account for 44 percent of all workplace fatalities—making construction jobs the deadliest jobs in Washington, D.C.
- Police and Firefighters
Facing down dangerous conditions comes with the job when you’re a firefighter or police officer. Whether injured in the office or in the field, law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and other emergency services personnel may qualify to receive workers’ compensation.
- Teachers and Education
Teachers are at risk for a wide range of workplace injuries. Sudden, traumatic injuries may be caused by unsafe conditions on school property or student violence, while long periods of standing or repetitive motions can cause occupational illnesses such as carpal tunnel syndrome to develop over time.
Workers’ compensation benefits can be complicated, and it can be difficult to determine which benefits you may be eligible to receive. The workers’ compensation lawyers at ChasenBoscolo are familiar with these benefits, and we can investigate your claim and help you obtain the compensation you need. Call us today at (800) 322-3380 or fill out a free contact request form.
Our Maryland and Virginia, attorneys will always take the time to get to know you. We’ll listen to your case, plan a solution and explain how we’re going to fight for you every step of the way. That’s because we always put our clients’ needs first.