Foot Injuries on the Job
October 1, 2018
Foot injuries are common among many workers in the U.S., including those in the construction, healthcare, transportation and hospitality industries. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that approximately 40 percent of injuries occur to hands and feet. Additionally, more than 53,000 foot injuries lead to missed days of work each year. Over time, foot injuries can also lead to other, more serious injuries resulting in long-term damage or permanent disability.
If you sustain a foot injury at work in Pennsylvania, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits including medical expenses and a percentage of your lost wages. At Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. our Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyers can help you with your claim and ensure that your rights are protected.
Common Causes of Foot Injuries
Employees who are required to stand or sit for long periods of time, lift heavy objects or work from heights are at higher risk of sustaining a foot injury. Some common causes of foot injuries include:
- Fatigue: Standing for long periods of time without taking breaks can cause you to become fatigued. This can lead to foot injuries, back pain, musculoskeletal disorders and other debilitating injuries.
- Inadequate training: If your employer does not provide adequate training, you may not be aware of some workplace safety hazards. Employers should hold mandatory safety training sessions several times a year to inform employees of hazards and instruct them on how to avoid and handle dangerous situations.
- Lack of appropriate foot attire: Foot safety attire is extremely important, yet often overlooked. Be sure to wear the recommended protective footwear so you do not suffer unnecessary workplace injuries.
- Slips, trips and falls: This is the most common type of workplace accident, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Injuries from slips, trips and falls often include foot sprains and strains, bruises, contusions and fractures.
Workers’ Compensation for Foot Injuries
If you suffer a foot injury at work, it is important to notify your employer within 120 days of the accident, so you do not lose your right to workers’ compensation. Generally, you are entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and a percentage of your lost income. Workers’ compensation covers the cost of physical therapy, surgeries, medications and trips to and from the doctor. If you had to have your foot amputated, you may also be entitled to specific loss benefits for up to 250 weeks as well as other additional benefits.
The workers’ compensation system is no fault; therefore, you are generally entitled to compensation regardless of who was at fault for your accident. In Pennsylvania, pre-existing conditions are compensable if they were worsened by your work tasks. You may also collect benefits for repetitive stress injuries. However, be sure to file your workers’ compensation claim within the three-year statute of limitations and contact a qualified attorney, especially if your claim is initially denied.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. Help Workers Obtain Compensation for their Foot Injuries
An experienced Philadelphia workers’ compensation lawyer at Larry Pitt & Associates, P.C. can help you recover full compensation for your work-related foot injury. For a free consultation, call 888-PITT-LAW or complete our online contact form.
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