When a worker suffers a work-related injury, a number of challenges can arise. Physically, a worker may be unable to perform job functions while recovering from the injury. In those situations, finances can become tight as the cost of medications and treatments grow.
Workers who are hurt in a work accident may be entitled to workers' compensation. But in some instances, obtaining those benefits can be difficult. Disputes can arise over whether the injury was work-related or whether the medical diagnosis was inaccurate. In addition, complications can arise when the worker was a contractor for the employer.
Just recently, a contract worker was injured at his place of employment. According to the article, the contract worker was employed for an energy company and had been working at a gas well. Emergency dispatchers who responded to the scene reported that the employee was hit in the head by a high-pressure hose.
Now the land manager for the energy company has made a statement that the worker was not actually struck in the face by the hose. The spokesperson maintains the injury occurred when the worker was startled by the pressure release and jumped up, striking his head. The worker was hospitalized and it appears that he will be able to return to work soon.
Though it looks as though the injury was not serious, head injuries can cause damage that may not be immediately apparent. If that is the case and the injury persists, the worker may be looking at more costs associated with medical treatment.
As stated above, workers' compensation benefits can help injured workers with the costs that can add up after a work-related injury. Speaking with someone who understands the compensation process can help an injured worker determine the next steps after a work-related accident.
Source: Daily Journal online, "Gas company says worker jumped up and hit head, wasn't hit by pressure hose at W. Pa. site," The Associated Press, 20 April 2011