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Appendix C

Understanding Work-Related Injuries

*****ase Studies:

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

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

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

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

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

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

***** is an electrici***** who works for Eagle Electrical Company ***** an independent contrac*****r. Last Tuesday, the company dispatched Tom to a local business ***** to investigate a wiring problem. While checking ***** 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' compensation? No

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

***** *****, ***** the ***** injury *****: N/A

***** works for Home Solutions Experts as a carpet installer. ***** comp*****y actively promotes workplace safety and provides ergonomic equipment to all employees. Rich has had ongoing pain in his knees, ***** it is progressively worsening. After an examination, his physician determined he was suffering ***** burs*****is, commonly known as "carpet layer's knee." This required an arthroscopic ***** aspiration, a minimum of three ***** off work, and physical t*****apy.

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

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

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

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

***** ***** ***** covered under ***** compensation?


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