When you have a very active job, you could raise your risk of getting injured on the job and needing workers’ comp. The more moving around you do, the more likely you might have an injury. Fortunately, workers’ compensation benefits can make up for lost wages and medical expenses that you might have from being hurt.
The Risks of Very Active Jobs
People who work very active jobs may get injured more often than people in sedentary jobs. After all, there is a reason that people with job-related injuries frequently move to office jobs or jobs with lighter duties. When you are moving around a lot for work, you risk injuries such as:
- Muscle strains and sprains
- Broken bones
- Bruises and cuts
- Head injuries
- Hearing or vision damage
- Exposure to chemicals
These injuries can happen in many ways: falling, tripping, catching fingers in a door, hitting your head on a low beam, using a leaf blower or jackhammer, working with swimming pool chemicals, and more. People in all different kinds of active jobs are at risk, from personal trainers to construction workers. As long as you are an employee by law, you can receive workers’ compensation for these kinds of work injuries.
Getting Back to Work After an Injury
Like many people, you probably want to get back to work quickly after an injury. But with an active job, you run a high risk of aggravating your injury or suffering a new one if you return too quickly. Make sure that you talk to your doctor about any restrictions on activity, including those that relate to your job duties or even just working out at the gym. Get full medical clearance to perform work tasks before you do them.
The other reason for checking with your doctor besides avoiding re-injury is for getting benefits. Workers’ compensation insurance companies watch to see if injured workers start doing things that violate their medical restrictions. They want to show that the injuries aren’t as bad as claimed or that the worker is not trying to get better. Avoid this accusation by following doctor’s orders.
Need help getting workers’ compensation for your injury? Joe Osterbauer, Esq. and the Osterbauer Law Firm stand up for injured Minnesota workers’ rights. Joe’s 27 years of workers’ compensation experience and his team’s speedy service combine to get clients the results they need. To schedule a free consultation, visit Osterbauer Law Firm online or call Joe’s office at (612) 334-3434.