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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 branch offices several times each week. Janet h***** lower back problems from a result of ***** skiing accident many years ago, which is furt***** aggravated by long periods ***** sitting while driving. Janet was returning from the branch office ***** the home ***** on Thursday afternoon when ano*****r driver struck her car from behind. A physician examined Janet and determined that the accident aggravated her 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 ***** on the *****

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If *****, ***** ***** ***** 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***** had 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 "***** layer's knee." This required an arthroscopic knee aspiration, a minimum of three ***** off work, and physical t*****apy.

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

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

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

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

***** this ***** ***** under workers' compens*****ion?


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