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3 work injuries that may result in workers' comp discrimination

The world can be a dangerous place, and the risks do not go away when you get to work. Workplace accidents can result in serious and disabling injuries. Severe yet nonfatal injuries can cause you to lose income, deal with expensive medical treatments and live with chronic pain. When you experience a workplace accident and deal with the costly consequences, you have the right to file a workers' compensation claim.

Unfortunately, no matter how badly you get injured or how surely you can prove negligence, your employer may take illegal action against you for pursuing compensation. Here are some disabling worker injuries, from a report by EHS Today, that your employer may not take seriously even though they are common.

1. Overexertion with an outside source

Injuries resulting from overexertion often involve pushing, pulling, lifting, bending, twisting or reaching. For example, you may lift a heavy box at work and suddenly feel pain in your back, or push a heavy cart and hear a pop in your neck. Working too hard without breaks or proper training can cause disabling injuries.

2. Falling on the same level

Workers may fall to the floor or ground on which they are standing due to a variety of potential hazards. If your place of employment has slippery floors, uneven mats or debris in a hallway, you may sustain a serious injury from slipping, tripping and falling.

3. Falling to a lower level

Similarly, you may experience an accident at work by falling from a higher level. This is especially common for roofers, construction workers and painters. It may also occur when someone stands on a stool or climbs a ladder in an office or retail setting. Falling down stairs is also a possibility.

Public policy in California guarantees you the right to file a claim without discrimination from your employer. If you file a claim for any of these injuries yet your employer discriminates against you, you have legal options to fight back. 


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