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Appendix C

Understanding Work-Related Injuries

Case 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 furt***** aggravated by long periods of sitting while driving. Janet was returning from the branch ********** to the home office on Thursday afternoon when another driver struck her car from behind. A physician examined ***** 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 accident on the job

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

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

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

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

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

***** is an electrici***** who works for Eagle Electrical Company ***** an independent contractor. Last Tuesday, the company dispatched Tom to a local business office ***** 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 under workers' *****? No

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

If covered, ***** the ***** injury *****: 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 has had ongoing pain in his knees, and it is progressively worsening. After an examination, his physician determined he was suffering ***** bursitis, commonly known as "***** layer's knee." This required an arthroscopic knee aspiration, a minimum of three ***** off work, and physical t*****rapy.

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

Rationale ***** your 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 ***** ***** diagnosed as a strained muscle. He ordered her to remain ***** work for at le*****t one week and on light duty for three weeks after.

***** ***** injury c*****ed under *****ers' compensation?


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