NM worker’s compensation claims are filed for several reasons. Maybe you were hurt on the job or had an automobile accident during official travel while on the clock.
Work-related injuries and illnesses can devastate your life. They can strain you physically and financially. Worker’s compensation laws exist in New Mexico to alleviate the burden by providing the support you need.
In this blog, we discuss the 5 most common reasons for NM worker’s compensation claims, plus how you can get fair compensation for work-related illnesses and injuries.
Assault or other workplace violence has unfortunately become more commonplace. According to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), more than 20,000 workers in the private industry experienced trauma from nonfatal workplace violence.
There were nearly 400 workplace fatalities from incidents of violence according to the latest data from BLS.
Workplace violence includes harassment, physical assault, and verbal threats. You don’t have to tolerate this kind of behavior. Report it to your employer. However, if your employers fails to act and you become injured, you have rights.
If another worker starts a fight with you that causes injuries, you can seek compensatory damages from your employer and your coworker under NM worker’s compensation laws.
Survivors of workplace violence that causes fatalities can seek punitive damages in a wrongful death lawsuit in addition to filing for survivor’s benefits through worker’s compensation.
If you’re among the roughly 30% of workers in this country who must drive while on the clock, you might find yourself the victim of an automobile accident. Driving on the clock is a common task for many employees, especially those who work in delivery, sales, and transportation roles.
Whatever the reason for being behind the wheel during working hours, you’re covered by NM worker’s compensation laws if you have an accident.
According to the National Safety Council, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the U.S.
Your chances of getting hurt while driving for your job depends on several factors, including the type of job, driving conditions, and safety protocols in place. Driving long distances or in hazardous weather conditions increases the likelihood of an accident.
Some workplaces expose employees to hazardous materials or environments that cause them to become ill or develop chronic health conditions. The type of illness varies depending on the industry and type of exposure.
Some of the most common work-related illnesses include:
These are just a few examples of work-related illnesses that can happen to you if your job exposes you to hazardous working conditions. Consult with a NM worker’s compensation attorney if you believe an illness was caused by your work environment.
Certain industries, like construction and mining, expose workers to harmful substances and conditions regularly. Workers can develop long-term illnesses or diseases from repeat exposure.
Some of the most common occupational diseases suffered by construction workers and miners include:
NM worker’s compensation claims are commonly filed for injuries sustained on the job. Accidents, like slips and falls, and repetitive strain or overuse injuries, are among the most frequently cited complaints.
Some examples of work-related accidents that fall into this category include:
Work-related injuries fall under worker’s compensation laws. If you’ve suffered one of the injuries listed above, reach out to a NM worker’s compensation attorney who can help you get fair compensation.
Sometimes employers deny a worker’s compensation claim. If you’re injured or become ill because of your job, you have rights under NM worker’s compensation laws.
Request a free case evaluation with our firm to explore your options.
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