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Understanding workers’ compensation for new hires

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When starting a new job, you are often eager to impress and dive into your responsibilities. Unfortunately, accidents can happen, even to those who are relatively new to the job.

In fact, statistics reveal that a significant portion of workers who sustain injuries on the job have not been at their jobs for very long.

The impact of newness

According to a recent analysis, 40% of workers’ compensation claims originate from employees with less than a year of tenure. This demographic is over twice as prone to filing claims as the statewide average.

For many, the first year on the job is a period of adjustment and learning. You are getting to know your duties and familiarizing yourself with workplace protocols and the environment. However, this adjustment period can also be a time of increased risk. New hires are not as familiar with safety procedures or potential hazards, making them more susceptible to accidents.

Common types of injuries

Inexperienced workers may be more prone to certain kinds of injuries due to their lack of familiarity with the job tasks. Strains and sprains from lifting or repetitive motions are common among new employees who may not yet have mastered proper lifting techniques. Similarly, slips, trips and falls are frequent accidents, particularly in industries where people navigate unfamiliar terrain or work at heights.

Workers’ compensation claims

Workers’ compensation aims to provide financial assistance and medical benefits to employees who get hurt while performing their duties. It does not matter how long you have been with the company. However, managing the claims process can be confusing, especially for a new employee.

You must report the incident to your supervisor or employer as soon as possible. Prompt reporting helps ensure you receive the necessary medical attention and enables efficient claim processing. Additionally, seeking guidance from human resources or a designated representative can help you understand your legal rights and responsibilities.

Starting a new job is an exciting but sometimes challenging experience. If you find yourself injured on the job within your first year of employment, remember you have rights under workers’ compensation laws.