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Why Sanitation Worker Injury Claims Get Denied
A sanitation worker's job is a physically demanding one. The majority of sanitation workers will spend eight hours or more, five or more days a week, collecting trash from residences and businesses. Garbage bags, garbage cans, and large refuse items are all bulky, heavy, and often awkward to handle. Sanitation jobs aren't just "gross" - they can also put a lot of strain on the human body. Such jobs are physically challenging, and it comes as no surprise that many sanitation workers become injured on the job every year. Common minor injuries may sideline an employee for a day or two, while more severe injuries have the potential to de-rail a sanitation worker's entire career. In the event that you are injured while performing your sanitation work duties, it's imperative you know your rights so that you get the medical care you need, as well as the financial support you will also need while your body heals.
Injuries that qualify a sanitation worker for a workers’ compensation claim
So long as you are performing your job functions correctly, and without any influence of drugs or alcohol, technically any workplace injury makes you eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. Whether you tear a ligament in your knee, herniate a lumbar disc, or suffer from chronic pain as a result of repetitive motion injuries, you are eligible to make a claim. Any injury you suffer while you are on the clock and at work, including motor vehicle accidents that can take place while you're a driver or passenger of a garbage collection truck, make you eligible.
Common reasons for workers’ compensation claim denials.
Not notifying your employer of your workplace injury is the top reason for claim dismissals. Failing to seek medical attention, not documenting all details related to the nature and source of your injury, as well as any medical treatment you have sought, are secondary reasons for workers’ compensation claims to be denied. It's imperative you document everything from the moment you are injured. Building a trail of paperwork will strengthen your claim and make it easy for you to get the medical and financial support you will need while you are recovering.
Tips for a successful workers’ compensation claim.
Document all the details of your workplace injury as soon as it occurs. Pictures and videos, when relevant, will only serve to strengthen your claim further. Notify your employer not just verbally, but in writing - sending such documents via certified mail will provide you with receipts you may rely upon later.
For severe injuries, consider contacting an experienced attorney, such as Spellen Law, LLC, for professional assistance and backing that will be with you every step of the way.