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Appendix C

Understanding Work-Related Injuries

Case Studies:

Janet 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 a skiing accident many years ago, which is further aggravated by long periods of sitting while driving. ***** was returning from the branch office ***** the home office on Thursday afternoon when ano*****r driver struck her car from behind. A physician examined Janet and determined that the accident aggravated ***** 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 accident on the *****

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

***** works as a clerk in a loc*****l convenience store 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 p*****tch of ice ***** fell, breaking his wrist and injuring his outstretched hand.

***** ***** injury covered under ***** compensation? No

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

***** covered, identify ***** appropriate ***** 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 *****ice ***** investigate a wiring problem. While checking ***** circuit box, Tom sustained severe burns to his hands and upper torso when a faulty switch caused an electrical arcing event. Tom's medical bills totaled over $750,000.

Is t***** injury c*****ed ***** workers' *****? No

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

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

Rich works for Home Solutions Experts as a carpet installer. The comp*****y actively promotes workplace safety and 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 ***** burs*****is, commonly known as "carpet layer's knee." This required an arthroscopic knee aspiration, a minimum of three weeks off work, and physical t*****rapy.

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

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

If *****, ***** the appropriate injury category: Injury requiring vocational rehabilitation

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

***** ***** ***** covered under workers' compens*****ion?


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