The winter season is drawing closer in Minnesota.
While you work hard to clear the hazardous snow and ice from your driveway and walkways around your home, you must also consider how inclement weather conditions affect your safety at work.
Common injuries associated with snow and ice
Snow and ice cause millions of accidents each year. Injuries from falling ice or slip-and-fall incidents can require extensive medical treatment and lead to life-long disability or health complications. A few of the most common snow and ice injuries include:
- Cuts, bruises and abrasions
- Wrist, knee and ankle sprains
- Neck and back injuries
- Compression fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
After any workplace injury, it is essential to seek immediate medical attention. Additionally, you should report the incident to your employer within 14 days to begin the worker’s compensation claims process.
The going-and-coming rule
According to the rules for worker’s compensation claims, you are not eligible for compensation for an accident that occurs during your commute to and from work. However, if you suffer an injury due to snow and ice in the space where you work or on your employer’s premises, you may qualify for worker’s compensation benefits.
Navigating the Minnesota worker’s compensation claims process can be challenging, and your company’s insurance providers may not work to protect your interests. You should strive to be safe and cautious during the snowy winter months, but for unforeseen circumstances and unfortunate workplace accidents, it is important to understand your benefits.