Mechanics work in a hazardous environment, and they have one of the highest rates of injuries that require time off of work while recovering. Fortunately, most mechanics are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. If they become injured at work, or if they suffer an occupational disease, they’re likely covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. That insurance should cover the employee’s reasonable medical bills, two-thirds of his or her average weekly wage and any permanent partial disability.
Some of the most common hazards that mechanics face involve being struck by motor vehicles or other objects, parts or tools. Sometimes they get caught in equipment or machinery. Some mechanics have been severely injured or killed by vehicles falling off of jacks or lifts. Some other injuries that are commonly suffered by mechanics are burns to the face, hands or arms along with strains and sprains from working in awkward positions, especially for lengthy periods of time. Oil, grease and fluids also present a danger to mechanics of being seriously injured from falls.Repetitive Stress Injuries
A mechanic’s job often requires lifting heavy objects, wrenching, and working in unnatural positions. Over time, any of those can lead to a musculoskeletal or nerve injury known as repetitive stress disorder. There’s no quick fix for a repetitive stress disorder. Analgesic medication, rest, ice, compression and elevation can help. Some repetitive stress disorders like carpal tunnel syndrome can persist and worsen over time. Surgery is sometimes required.
Occupational diseases are chronic illnesses that manifest themselves in the workplace. Mechanics can develop an occupational disease from being exposed to gasoline and asbestos that’s used in brakes and clutches. Even short exposure to asbestos can cause respiratory disorders and cancer. Other products that are commonly used in repair shops contain lead. Products containing lead can cause illnesses like kidney disease, anemia and neurological conditions.
When somebody has been injured on the job, California law is clear as to what an employer’s obligations are. Unfortunately, there are often disagreements between the injured person, their employer and the workers’ compensation insurer. When that happens, long delays could occur, and injured employees continue to suffer.
Contact a Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Lawyer Today
California laws and OSHA regulations are in place to protect you and your family. Our state and federal legislatures are aware of how frequent injuries occur to mechanics and how they can impact a family. If you’ve been injured in a on the job anywhere in or around Sacramento contact us today.
Sacramento Workers’ Compensation Attorney, Alice A. Strömbom, focuses exclusively on Workers’ Compensation Law and the rights of injured workers. She is very familiar with the tactics insurance companies use to avoid providing the medical treatment and disability benefits injured workers deserve, and has a recognized track record in combating such issues.
Contact us today for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation.