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Workers’ Compensation Claims Rise in Winter Months.
Winter weather is on its way. Ice and freezing temperatures make traveling dangerous for pedestrians and drivers which lead to slip and falls and motor vehicle accidents. These accidents will contribute to a significant increase in workers’ compensation claims.
Winter Hazards for Employees:
- Snow and ice accumulation around workplace entrances, parking lots and sidewalks are perhaps the biggest risk. Slip and fall accidents tend to increase in the winter months.
- Icy and snow-covered roads can dramatically increase the chance of an accident. For those who travel for a living, this will put them even more at risk. As a result, workers’ compensation claims for drivers and off-site employees tend to increase during winter.
- Cold stress injuries. These injuries tend to affect workers who are exposed to outdoor temperatures, such as those who work outside on construction sites, airports, shipping facilities and first responders. A cold stress injury includes hypothermia, frostbite and respiratory inflammation.
Employers have a duty to provide safe workplaces for their employees. At any time of year, keeping workers safe should be a priority.
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides compensation to workers if they were to get injured on the job. Depending on the severity of your injury and the type of coverage your employer has, you may be entitled to payment of your medical bills, wage loss benefits and temporary disability during the time that you cannot work.
Recovering compensation after a slip and fall accident.
As an employee, going through the workers’ compensation process can become complex. Typically, the company will have to approve or deny liability before granting you your lost wages and other benefits. There are also instances in which you may have been granted benefits, but now the insurance providers or doctors feel you are able to return to work; however, you feel otherwise. Contact the workers’ compensation attorneys at Berger and Green at 412-661-1400 for a free no obligation consultation to discuss your claim.