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Appendix C

Understanding Work-Related Injuries

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

***** 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 has lower back problems from a result of a skiing accident many years ago, which is further aggravated by long periods ***** sitting while driving. Janet was returning from the branch office to the home office on Thursday afternoon when another 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 for at least two weeks.

Is this injury covered under workers' compensation? Yes

Rationale ***** your decision: Personal injury caused by accident on the *****

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

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

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

***** for your *****: Did not arise out of employment

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

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

***** this injury c*****ed ***** workers' compensation? No

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

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

***** 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 from burs*****is, commonly known as "carpet layer's knee." This required an arthroscopic knee aspiration, a minimum of three ***** ***** work, and physical therapy.

Is this injury covered under workers' compensation? Yes

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

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

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

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

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