When California Highway Patrol motorcycle officer Martin Lendway stopped to help some people on the side of the road last January, we know that the last thing he expected was to sustain an injury that would change his life.
When he stopped that day, he was almost finished with his paperwork when a DUI driver slammed into him and the people he was helping. Lendway was pinned under a truck.
“Almost immediately when I went to pull my legs from the truck, I could feel things kind of grinding together,” he says.
At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, we are happy to report that Officer Lendway has made a full recovery and just returned to duty. We wanted to bring you an example of a work injury in which everything went right, from the beginning to the return.
Unfortunately, work injuries do not always turn out the way the victim expects, especially if a workers’ compensation claim is denied or a person is fired. If you need a San Diego work injury attorney, you can count on us to be there for you.
What Kind Of Injuries
When we look at the latest Bureau of Labor Statistics, we see that are around three million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses reported. Yes, those numbers are high, but those also include relatively minor injuries. We want to dig a bit deeper and see what the experts say are the top ten most serious causes of workplace injuries. These are injuries that cause an employee to miss more than six days of work:
- Falls on the same level
- Falls to a lower level
- Struck by an object
- Other exertions
- Roadway incidents
- Slip or trip without a fall
- Caught in or compressed by equipment
- Struck against object
- Repetitive motion of microtasks
Those causes highlight a wide range of things that can happen in the workplace, from traumas that cause immediate injuries to incidents that occur over time, like repetitive stress injuries. RSIs are denied more often than other claims because their symptoms usually develop over time and their origin is harder to pinpoint on the workplace.
We also want to discuss mental health illnesses that can be caused by the workplace. These, too, should be covered by workers’ compensation insurance, but many people are afraid to report them due to the stigma surrounding discussing mental health. We want you to know that these injuries can even manifest themselves into physical symptoms.
Your Next Steps
If you have been injured in a work accident and are not being treated fairly by the insurance company or your employer, seek legal assistance now. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our qualified and experienced team will get to work on your case so you can get the compensation you deserve.