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Appendix C

Understanding Work-Related Injuries

********** Studies:

Janet works as a branch manager for a large banking firm. Her job requires her to travel by personal vehicle to different ***** offices several times each week. Janet h***** lower back problems from a result of a skiing accident many years ago, which is further aggravated by long periods of sitting while driving. Janet was returning from the branch office ***** ***** home office on Thursday afternoon when another driver struck her car from behind. A physician examined Janet and determined that the accident ***** her pre-ex*****ting back injury. The physician ordered Janet to remain off work ***** at least two weeks.

Is this injury covered under workers' compensation? Yes

Rationale for your decision: Personal injury caused by ***** on the job

If covered, identify the appropriate ***** category: Injury with temporary disability

***** works as a clerk in a local convenience store with a non-smoking policy. On a personal work break, Frank stepped outside the building to smoke a cig*****rette. ********** Frank walked across ***** parking lot, he slipped on a patch of ice ***** fell, *****ing his wrist and injuring his outstretched hand.

Is ***** injury covered under workers' compensation? No

Rationale for your decision: Did not arise out ***** employment

***** covered, identify the appropriate injury category: N/A

Tom is an electrici***** who works for Eagle Electrical Company ***** an independent contractor. Last Tuesday, the company dispatched Tom to a local business ***** to investigate a wiring problem. While checking the circuit box, Tom sustained severe burns to his hands and upper torso ***** a f*****ulty switch caused an electrical arcing event. Tom's medical bills totaled over $750,000.

***** t***** injury covered ***** workers' *****? No

Rationale ***** your decision: Independent contractors are not covered (additionally, failed to use safety equipment/take precautions)

***** covered, ***** the ***** ***** *****: N/A

Rich works for Home Solutions Experts as a carpet installer. The comp*****y actively promotes workplace safety ***** provides ergonomic equipment to all employees. Rich h***** *****ad ongoing pain in his knees, and it is progressively worsening. After an examination, his physician determined he was suffering ***** bursitis, commonly known as "carpet layer's knee." This required an arthroscopic knee aspiration, a minimum of three weeks off work, and physical therapy.

Is this injury covered under workers' compensation? *****

Rationale ***** your decision: Unexpected result over time (repetive stress) that occurred during the normal course of employment

If covered, identify ***** appropriate injury category: Injury requiring vocational rehabilitation

Bonnie works as a transportation security officer for the Office of Homeland Security. During ***** course of a routine airport baggage screening, a p*****ssenger became agitated and shoved Bonnie, causing her ***** stumble backwards over a pile of luggage. As a direct result, ***** experienced severe back pain, which ***** physician diagnosed as a strained muscle. He ordered her to remain off work for at ***** one week and on light duty for three weeks after.

Is ***** injury c*****ed under *****ers' compens*****ion?


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