Thousands of employees in Iowa work in distribution warehouses, which requires the operation of heavy machinery, lifting or other duties that put workers at risk for injury.
Warehouse employees are typically required to repeatedly lift heavy objects off and on racks, often gripping bulky items without handles. Bending or twisting, reaching and stooping to lift heavy materials can cause injuries to muscles, tendons and ligaments. Ergonomic injuries to the back, neck, shoulders or knees over the course of time can easily result.
Work Related Accidents
Workers employed at warehouses not only do the heavy lifting, many are engaged in a variety of duties which can potentially cause injuries or even death. Workers may operate forklifts, pallet jacks and other machinery that can result in “caught in between” or “struck by injuries” that can prove fatal. Injuries referred to as “slip and trip” injuries are common in the presence of loose material such as packing materials, liquid or boxes on the floor. Fall injuries are common because employees frequently work on raised platforms.
When you sustain an injury on the job, serious or otherwise, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical expenses, lost wages and disability payments if you are not able to return to work or are not able to work in the same capacity.
Contact an Experienced Davenport Work Comp Attorney for Help
If you have been injured at work, it is important to consult an experienced workers’ compensation lawyer to assist you with your work comp benefits claim or, if you have been denied workers’ compensation benefits, to help you appeal the decision. Sometimes a third party may also play a role in your injury and a personal injury claim may be pursued to obtain additional compensation. If you have been hurt at your Quad-Cities workplace, contact the Davenport workers’ compensation, personal injury law offices of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for help with your workers’ compensation claim today.