There are some jobs that have an added bit of risk...it's those that require employees to either work in inclement weather...or with wildlife/animals.
We came across an unfortunate story in which a construction worker fell about 15 feet after the wall he was working on became unstable and collapsed. His injuries to his legs were severe...his left ankle was completely separated, he had fractured his right ankle, and had shattered his shin as well.
A serious fracture to an arm or leg compound crush injury to a hand or foot or a severe muscle tear can result in a lifetime disability. If you suffered a fractured bone or crush injury in a workplace accident in Iowa, you are entitled to paid medical treatment provided by an approved workers' compensation doctor. You are also entitled to seek a settlement for temporary or permanent partial disability, including a possible lump sum payment.
Sometime in the next day or two...casually bring up the company's workers' compensation policy with your employer. Ask them a question about it...and if their answer is along the lines of "I'm not sure", or "I'll have to look into it", well, you your employer might be a hopeless optimist who's idea of a safe day of work is "cross your fingers and hope nothing terrible happens."
We at Loney and Schueller have over 30 years of combined experience specializing in workers' compensation. We know what it takes to ensure you get the compensation you rightfully deserve. We dedicate our energy...our time...and our knowledge to try and help alleviate the burdens that come with suffering a work-related injury.
With any job, there are hazards...some are easy to spot...some, not-so-easy. We all notice the risks of a construction site...heavy machinery, moving beams, tall heights, etc., but what about the lifelong office worker who spends hours in front of their computer. Carpal Tunnel...eye strain...all of these are legitimate and possibly debilitating injuries that can affect one's ability to properly do their job.
Over the weekend, an amusement park worker suffered injuries after he got pinned under the ride he was operating at the time. Officials are still trying to determine what exactly happened...but a look into the recent past shows that the company that runs the amusement park has a not-so-stellar work safety record.
We come across a lot of numbers/stats involving injuries at work, and the trend that we see, unfortunately, is that injuries/fatalities in the workplace are constantly rising.
The most common question we get is along the lines of "I've been injured at work...what do I do?"
This past weekend, a postal worker in Colorado suffered significant injuries after a tree fell on him while on his normal route. Witnesses to the accident said that the old tree just gave way, and the postal worker was in an incredibly unfortunate spot.