What are Common Workplace Injuries?
Common work-related injuries and illnesses that result in the filing of a worker, compensation claim include:
- Broken bones
- Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
- Crush injuries
- Exposure to hazardous or toxic substances
- Hearing loss
- Knee, hip, shoulder, and other joint injuries
- Lower and upper back injuries
- Slip and fall injuries
Does My Employer Have to Pay for My Workplace Injury?
Most states. including New Mexico, provide for legal tights of workers for work-related accidents, injuries, and illnesses that take place on the job, including:
- The right for an employee to file a worker’s compensation claim for injury or illness.
- The right to pursue medical treatment for the injury or illness as prescribed by a doctor.
- The right to return to the same job and duties when a doctor approves you to do so.
- The right to permanent disability compensation if you are unable to return to work because of the injury or illness.
- The right to appeal any decision made by your employer, their insurance company, or the courts.
What Happens if My Employer Denies Responsibility For My Workplace Injury?
If your employer denies responsibility for your work related injury or illness or disputes your worker’s compensation claim, you have a right to appeal. A worker’s compensation attorney can help navigate your case through an appeal or lawsuit against your employer. You have the right to sue your employer for reckless or intentional actions that cause injury or illness, but you will need to waive your right to worker, compensation insurance to do so. Courts can award a wide range of damages for workers injured on the job due to the actions of others, including: