Workers in West Virginia who experience work-related illnesses or injuries should be able to trust that they will receive not only adequate care but fair treatment from their employers as well. One form that such fair treatment may take is the acceptance by an employer of any workers' compensation claims that may be filed. Another is proper communication about job responsibilities and any shifting that may occur.
West Virginia construction workers face some of the most dangerous working conditions possible. Many things can happen on construction worksites but falls are known to be among the most serious issues facing employees on construction job sites. Federal regulations monitor fall prevention guidelines and procedures but the risk of falling from scaffolding, a ladder and more always exists.
Traumatic brain injuries are amongst the most common accident injuries that occur in the workplace, in West Virginia and across the nation. This may be due to the fact that brain damage can happen to workers across any occupational field or industry. Brain injuries affect both employers and workers through decreased productivity, lost wages, rehabilitation, ongoing medical care, workers' compensation claims and possible long-term cognitive damage, according to the National Institutes of Health. People who are involved in a work-related slip-and-fall accident, are struck by a falling object or fall from heights are at risk of receiving an injury to the brain.
Construction has for many years been one of America’s most dangerous industries. Every day in West Virginia and across the United States, construction workers face serious injury or death. Many construction accidents are preventable, and some occur as a result of workplace violations.
The general rule for workers’ compensation claims is that the work-related injury or illness that is the source of the benefits claim must be connected with the worker’s employment. Courts in West Virginia have interpreted this requirement to generally exclude injuries to workers who are traveling to or from work and not on the premises of the employer under what has become known as the “coming and going rule.”
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Provided that you meet the requirements for a workplace injury to be compensable under West Virginia workers’ compensation law (a personal injury that you receive in the course of and which is the result of your employment), and your employer is legally required to participate in workers’ compensation, then depending on the nature and severity of your injury or illness you may be eligible for any of several types of compensation. This post will introduce you to the general categories of benefits available.
Workers' compensation in West Virginia is like that in most states in that except for narrowly-defined exceptions it is intended to be the sole remedy available to employees who are hurt on the job. This intention is generally known as the "exclusivity rule." There exist, however, some situations in which an employee can seek to go outside of workers' compensation, which this post will address below.
Many workers’ compensation claims are difficult to win without the assistance of an attorney. In many cases, the employer and its insurer try to avoid, or at least reduce, their liability in workplace accidents. Workers’ compensation claims can be costly to employers, but the costs are justified when their employees are injured on the job and require medical care and assistance with living expenses during their time off work.
Construction is one of the biggest industries in West Virginia and the rest of the country. But, it is also one of the deadliest. In 2013, about 20 percent of all workplace injuries in America resulting in a fatality were in the construction industry. There are four main causes of these deaths, each of which is preventable.