Oklahoma workers in all industries face safety risks, regardless of whether they work on construction sites, behind office desks, doing landscaping or other work environments. Some injury types are typical to specific industries, such as scaffold-related accidents in construction, and equipment-related workplace injuries in manufacturing. However, some workers have to deal with uncommon occupational hazards.
One such a risk is that posed by dogs. Employees who provide services at the homes of clients or delivery workers frequently have to deal with dogs, many of which are unpredictable. Dog bites can have severe consequences that could involve expensive medical treatment and lost workdays, not to mention the psychological impact of a dog attack.
Cold, flu and other illnesses are also hidden hazards for those who work with the public or in open-plan offices or crowded areas. Not only airborne pathogens can cause diseases, but also unsanitary environments and dirty work surfaces. Workers who work in excessively noisy places or those who are exposed to bright lights can suffer harm to their hearing and vision.
Although the Oklahoma workers' compensation insurance system covers all workplace injuries and illnesses, proving some of these to be work-related could be challenging. This is where the skills of an experienced workers' compensation attorney is typically an invaluable asset. A lawyer can provide the necessary support and guidance throughout the ensuing legal and administrative proceedings in pursuit of benefits to cover medical expenses and lost wages. An attorney can also explain the procedures and assist with the appeal process in the event of a denied benefits claim.