Surface Wounds, Bruises, and Workers Comp Claims
Surface wounds and bruises is a sub-listing in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This sub-listing describes the type of injury or injuries that a worker receives from some kind of work-related event or accident. When this occurs, the type of injury or injuries that the worker sustains is placed under the appropriate listing in the OIICS.
A wound is defined as being an injury, especially one in which the skin is torn, cut, pierced or otherwise broken. Surface is defined as the uppermost layer or outside part of anything. A surface wound is a wound that damages the outside of the body. It is a superficial kind of wound.
A bruise is defined as being an injury to underlying tissues or bone in which the skin is not broken. Most of the time, a bruise is marked by discolorations and ruptured blood vessels.
As it applies to workers' compensation, surface wounds and bruises are common kinds of injuries that occur to workers on the job. Surface wounds and bruises are injuries, such as blisters, scratches, abrasions and contusions. They are the type of injuries that may not appear to be serious and disabling. However, surface wounds and bruises can turn out to be serious and cause a worker to have to miss time at work.
Surface wounds and bruises may result from things like a work-related car accident. They may be caused by mishandling tools, machinery or sharp objects. Surface wounds and bruises may also be brought about by slips and falls on the job.
Surface wounds and bruises is a sub-listing under the listing of traumatic injuries and disorders. This is a listing for accidents and events at work that are usually upsetting and disturbing, that can leave terrible, long-lasting emotional and psychological scars on co-workers who see the accident or event take place, as well as the worker who is injured.
Types of Jobs With Higher Risk for Surface Wounds and Bruises
There are various types of jobs that come with a higher risk for surface wounds and bruises. Some of these include:
- Police and security
- First responders
- Construction and building
- Manufacturing, assembly line and plant
- Oil and gas
Possible Kinds of Injuries From Surface Wounds and Bruises
There are different kinds of injuries that may be brought about by surface wounds and bruises. Some of these are:
- Internal bleeding
- Skin loss
Can I Get Workers Comp for my Surface Wounds and Bruises
If you are a worker who has suffered surface wounds and bruises on the job, in most instances, these are not the kind of injuries that will cause you to miss work and be eligible for workers' compensation benefits. However, as mentioned earlier, there are times when surface wounds and bruises can be serious and disabling.
If surface wounds and bruises caused you to miss several days of work, you may be eligible for workers' compensation, If you are having difficulty getting workers' compensation, the best thing to do is to contact a workers' compensation lawyer.