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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 h***** lower back problems from a result of a skiing accident many years ago, which is furt***** aggravated by long periods of sitting while driving. ***** was returning from the ***** ********** to the home office on Thursday afternoon when another driver struck her car from behind. A physician examined Janet and determined that the accident ***** ***** pre-existing 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 covered, identify the appropriate ***** category: Injury with temporary disability

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

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

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

If covered, identify ***** appropriate ***** category: N/A

***** is an electrician 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 when a f*****ulty switch caused an electrical arcing event. Tom's medical bills totaled over $750,000.

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

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

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

Rich works for Home Solutions Experts as a carpet installer. ***** company actively promotes workplace safety ***** provides ergonomic equipment to all employees. Rich has had ongoing pain in his knees, and it is progressively worsen*****g. After an examination, his physician determined he was suffering from burs*****is, commonly known as "***** layer's knee." This required an arthroscopic ***** aspiration, a minimum of three ***** off work, and physical therapy.

Is this injury covered under workers' compensation? Yes

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 *****r ***** the Office of Homel***** Security. During the ***** ***** 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 b*****ck pain, which her ***** diagnosed as a strained muscle. He ordered her to remain off work for at le*****t one week and on light duty for ***** weeks after.

***** ***** injury covered under ***** compens*****ion?


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