Self Inflicted Injury
Self-inflicted injury is one of the code titles in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It is used to code the case characteristics of a job-related injury to a worker. If there is a job-related event that brings about an injury to a worker, it has to be put under one of the code titles in the OIICS.
Self-inflict means to impose or inflict upon oneself by oneself. In other words, it is something that you do to yourself.
Self-inflicted injury in regard to workers compensation is an injury that a worker does to himself or herself. A self-inflicted injury may be intentional or unintentional. If a self-inflicted injury is intentional, it means it is an injury that a worker deliberately does to themselves. If it is unintentional, it means that it is an injury that a worker does to themselves, but it was not intentional. The worker did not intend to harm or hurt themselves.
Self-inflicted injury is additionally divided into several sub-headings. These headings include:
- Self-inflicted injury, intent unknown - This code is used when it is not known whether a self-inflicted injury to a worker was intentional or unintentional.
- Self-inflicted injury, intentional - This code is used when a self-inflicted injury to a worker is intentional or deliberate.
- Self-inflicted injury, intentional, n.e.c. - This code is used when a self-inflicted injury to a worker is intentional or deliberate, but it is not classified somewhere else, not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.).
- Self-inflicted injury, unintentional - This code is used when a self-inflicted injury to a worker is not intentional. It was not deliberate.
- Self-inflicted injury, unintentional or intent unknown, n.e.c. - This code is used when a self-inflicted injury to a worker is either unintentional or the intent of the worker is not known, and it is not classified anywhere else, not elsewhere classified (n.e.c.).
- Self-inflicted injury, unintentional or intent unknown, unspecified - This code is similar to the one just listed, except it is used when the details or not specific or specified concerning the self-inflicted injury to a worker.
Types of Work With a High Risk for Self-Inflicted Injury
There are some types of work that have a high risk for self-inflicted injury. These are usually jobs that involve a high amount of stress. These include:
- Law enforcement
- Doctor, nurse
- Air traffic controllers
Possible Injuries Resulting From Self-Inflicted Injury
There are different kinds of injuries that may result from self-inflicted injury. Some of these are:
- Cuts, scrapes and bruises
- Broken bones and fractures
- Internal injuries
- Head injuries
Can I Get Workers Comp for Self-Inflicted Injury?
The critical question is, "Can I get workers comp for self-inflicted injury." If your self-inflicted injury is unintentional, if it happened in an accidental way, you can get workers comp in some states. If your self-inflicted injury was intentional, you cannot get workers comp. However, in most states, the burden of proof is on your employer to prove that your self-inflicted injury was intentional and not unintentional.