Contact With Objects and Equipment and Getting Workers Compensation
If you are a worker who has been injured in a contact with objects and equipment injury on the job, you may be wondering whether you can get workers comp for your injury. In almost all instances, the answer is "Yes" you are entitled to workers comp. Get a case review for your work place injury or accident and protect your rights today.
Contact with objects and equipment is a class or category of accidents that happen in the workplace. Contact with objects and equipment is a type of accident that produces injuries that result from a worker's contact with some kind of object or equipment. The exception to this is when a worker's contact was the result of violent acts, falls, explosions, assaults, transportation accidents or fires.
A contact with objects and equipment accident may occur when the motion that produces the contact comes primarily from the worker. For example, a worker bumps into a stationary object or piece of equipment, such as a cabinet or a lathe.
A contact with objects and equipment accident may also happen when the motion that produces the contact comes primarily from the object or equipment that causes a worker's injury. An example of this is a worker being contacted by a nail that is discharged from a nail gun.
Contact with objects and equipment is one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in the workplace in the United States. In fact, in many occupations, contact with objects and equipment is the leading cause of injuries and fatalities. For example, in the manufacturing industry in 2008, the leading cause of days away from work and fatalities was contact with objects and equipment.
High Risk Jobs for Contact With Objects and Equipment
The possibility of being injured in a contact with objects and equipment accident is present in almost any kind of occupation. However, there are some types of work where there is a higher risk for being injured in a contact with objects and equipment accident. Some of these include:
- Mine workers
- Construction workers
- Auto mechanics
- Manufacturing workers
- Highway workers
- Assembly line workers
Common Injuries for Contact With Objects and Equipment Compensation Claims
A contact with objects and equipment accident can produce a variety of both fatal and non-fatal injuries. Some of these are:
- Cuts, bruises and lacerations
- Fractures and broken bones
- Head injuries
- Brain trauma
- Internal injuries
- Internal bleeding
The reason for this is because workers comp is a type of business insurance that covers almost every kind of injury that is caused by almost any type of accident as long as that accident and the resulting injury took place while you were doing your job for your employer. It also does not make any difference whose fault the accident was. Workers comp is a no-fault type of business insurance. Fault is not an issue when it comes to workers comp.
If you are having problems getting your workers comp or your employer is trying to keep you from getting workers comp, you need to get in touch with a workers compensation attorney. A workers compensation attorney will help you to get the workers comp that is rightfully yours.