Traumatic Injuries, Disorders, and Workers Comp Claims
Traumatic injuries and disorders is a classification in the Occupational Injury and Illness Classification System (OIICS) of the Bureau of Labor Statistics that is used to identify a job-related incident or event that brings about a worker's injury or illness. An incident or event that is work-related and which results in a worker's injury or illness has to be placed in the appropriate classification in the OIICS.
The word traumatic means something that is emotionally distressing or disturbing. Traumatic is causing or relating to psychological trauma. It is something psychologically painful.
A traumatic injury is an injury a worker experiences that is emotionally distressing or disturbing. A traumatic disorder is a disorder a worker gets that is psychologically painful. Traumatic injuries and disorders are things that are upsetting, that may leave emotional and psychological scars.
Examples of traumatic injuries and disorders are things like a worker being electrocuted or seeing a co-worker electrocuted. It is having an arm or a leg cut off in a work-related accident or seeing this happen to a co-worker. It is getting cancer because of your work environment.
The classification of traumatic injuries and disorders is extremely broad. It includes things like:
- Traumatic injuries and disorders, unspecified - These are traumatic injuries and disorders that are not specified as to what brought them about.
- Traumatic injuries to bones, nerves, spinal cord - These injuries can be unspecified. Or, they may be traumatic injuries that involve things like fractures or dislocations.
- Traumatic injuries to muscles, tendons, ligaments, joints, etc. - These traumatic injuries may involve strains, sprains or tears.
- Open wounds - These are traumatic injuries that may involve things such as amputations, gunshot wounds or insect or animal bites.
- Surface wounds and bruises - These are traumatic injuries that may involve things like abrasions, scratches, blisters, contusions and foreign bodies.
Types of Work With a High Risk for Traumatic Injuries and Disorders
There are types of work that involve a high risk for traumatic injuries and disorders. Some of these are:
- Doctor/nurse, medical
- Police and security
- Emergency, first responders
Possible Injuries Resulting From Traumatic Injuries and Disorders
There are several possible injuries that may result from traumatic injuries and disorders. Some of these include:
- Loss of limb
- Cuts, contusions, lacerations
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head and Brain injuries
- Back, neck and spinal injuries
- Internal injuries
Can I Get Workers Comp for my Traumatic Injuries and Disorders?
The thing that you would want to know is, "Can I get workers comp for my traumatic injury or disorder?" The answer is, "Yes, you can."
If your traumatic injury or disorder is work-related, meaning that it is a result of doing your job for your employer or is a result of the environment in which you had to work for your employer, you are eligible for workers comp.
If you are having difficulty getting workers comp for your traumatic injury or illness, the thing to do is to contact a workers' compensation lawyer. A workers' compensation lawyer can help you get the workers comp benefits that are coming to you.