Winter weather is here. Ice and freezing temperatures make traveling dangerous for pedestrians and drivers which leads to slip and falls and motor vehicle accidents. These accidents will contribute to a significant increase in workers’ compensation claims.
- Snow and ice accumulation around workplace entrances, parking lots, and sidewalks are perhaps the biggest risks. 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.
Workers’ Compensation protects employees and employers in the event of a work-related accident. In the unfortunate event of an accident at work, it is important to know what steps you should take.
- Seek medical treatment: Depending on the severity of your injury, seeking medical attention should be your first priority.
- Report the accident: It is crucial to let your employer know that you were injured on the job. You must do this right away if you are physically able.
- Inform healthcare providers: The first time you receive medical treatment for your work injury, tell providers the incident occurred while you were at work.
- Keep notes: Keep a diary of all missed time from work, travel, and out-of-pocket expenses that have accrued due to your work injury.
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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.
Employers have a duty to provide safe workplaces for their employees. At any time of year, keeping workers safe should be a priority.
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.