If you've ever performed a job that required you to repeat the same motion over and over again, then you may not have realized that you could have seriously damaged your muscles and connective tissue in the process. Called repetitive motion injuries, the damage associated with such injuries can take a long time before symptoms present themselves. But in some cases, when symptoms -- such as pain or numbness -- do present themselves, it may be too late to fully correct the damage.
The Centers for Disease Control and prevent reported that more than 9 percent of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2009 were sustained by construction workers. That year, construction workers suffered 4.3 nonfatal injuries and illnesses per 100 workers.
A Court of Appeals has held that injuries sustained by the claimant while traveling to or from a Bureau medical examination are compensable "as being directly and proximately caused by circumstances that arose out of employment as the original injuries and obligations necessitated by those injuries in order to participate in the Workers' compensation fund, directly resulted in the new injuries."
The type of activities conducted on the employment premises is often determinative of the course of employment issue. Injuries sustained during recreational and social activities on the employer's premises have generally been held to be compensable. However, to be compensable, the injury must have been sustained while engaging in activities that were customary, either in the industry or in the particular place, in order for the activities to qualify as a regular incident of employment.
The Ohio Revised Code extends workers' compensation coverage to persons requested or ordered to perform public service in an emergency. The section does not include persons who are volunteers, and application of the code is expressly limited to emergency situations. A duly authorized public official of the state, one of its institutions or agencies, or a political subdivision, can request or order the public service. The statutorily expressed purpose is to encourage participation of all appropriate persons in an emergency.