Our school accident injury lawyers represent teachers and children injured while at school. Hardworking educators across the nation suffer each year from injuries at work. Each day as they dedicate their time and resources to molding the young minds, they face with unique occupational hazards for injuries and illnesses. Teachers, paraprofessionals, education administrators, nutrition service workers, and bus drivers can all have their lives disrupted by a workplace injury.
Common Workplace Injuries for Teachers
Falls– Slips, trips and falls are among the top 5 causes of injuries for school employees. Environmental hazards such as wet floors and cords in a walkway can contribute to falls. Icy and snowy sidewalks at the school pose an additional hazard. Approximately 30% of school employee injuries occur from falls.
Repetitive Stress Injuries – teaching requires repetitive movements that may result in injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, tendinitis, or rotator cuff injuries. To be covered by workers compensation, the worker would need to prove that the repetitive stress injury was due to work conditions, the school environment contributed to the stress injury, and that risk of developing injuries in their occupation was greater than the general public faced. A workers compensation attorney can provide guidance to a worker filing a claim for this type of injury.
Assaults by students or other workers – Special education assistants and general educational assistants are most likely to suffer an injury from student-related injuries. Some teachers suffer injuries from behaviorally challenged students or while trying to break up fights between students. Teachers may also be the victims of workplace violence and suffer injuries from a colleague or visitor to the school.
Motor Vehicle Accidents – while the most driving is performed by bus drivers, other school workers may operate vans or school vehicles during their workday. These accidents are typically one of the most expensive in terms of injury to the worker.
What Should I do if I was Injured at Work?
The first step for school employees to take following a workplace injury is to report it to the employer. Next, seek treatment for your injury or illness. Some employers may require you to choose from a panel of approved doctors. A workers compensation lawyer can also help you understand where to go for treatment. Finally, consider reaching out to a workers compensation attorney for help filing a claim. They can help you understand the benefits that you deserve.
Do Teachers have the Rights to be Compensated for an Injury at School?
Many teachers and school employees who are hurt at work struggle to collect the benefits they are entitled to. A workers compensation lawyer can help you make sure your rights are upheld. You have:
- The right to quality medical care
- The right to workers compensation benefits
- The right to get help with your workers compensation claim.
You don’t have to try to handle your claim on your own. Too often, an employee who is unfamiliar with the requirements to obtain workers compensation will make mistakes that result in a denial of coverage. The workers compensation attorneys at the Wieand Law Firm LLC are available to help you each step of the way.
Contact a School Accident Injury Lawyer
Take the first step and reach out to a school accident injury lawyer the Wieand law Firm, LLC, at 215-666-7777. We offer a free consultation, so there is absolutely no risk to you. Our goal is complete customer satisfaction, and we will work closely with you to make sure you feel comfortable and supported.