According to the National Safety Council, struck by/against injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional non-fatal injuries and the fourth leading cause of work-related deaths.
A struck by injury is caused by forced contact or impact between a person and an object. Workplace struck by incidences can include injuries resulting from being struck be a motor vehicle or industrial equipment, falling objects, mobile platforms and more. Injuries may include head and brain injuries, broken bones and internal injuries. Unfortunately, these types of incidents can cause many serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace.
Job related accidents where a worker falls or bumps into object, such as running into a overhead pipe, are considered struck against injuries. As with struck by injuries, workers in construction, factories, and other labor intensive occupations are at high risk of struck against injuries that range from small sprains and fractures to serious head and brain injuries.
Can I Get Workers Comp for My Struck By/Against Injury?
If you have been injured while on-the-job, the good news is, “Yes, you can get workers’ compensation in most cases.” If you are struck by a falling object, a motor vehicle or machinery as you are performing your duties, or if you bumped into or were pushed into an object while in a work capacity, you are likely eligible for workers’ compensation benefits.
One of the good things about workers’ comp is that it covers almost every work-related injury, and it does not matter whose fault the accident was that brought about the struck by or against injury. In some cases, a third party negligence claim can be pursued which may result in additional benefits on top of workers’ compensation.
If you are injured at work and your employer is trying to keep you from filing a workers’ compensation claim or trying to say that you are not eligible for workers’ compensation, it is important to contact an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to help you get the benefits you need. The Davenport, Iowa workers’ compensation lawyers of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC can help you if you have been injured at work. Call us today for a free consultation of your case 563-355-6478.