Back to School: Teachers and Work-Related Injuries

Like mental heath workers, teachers deal with unpredictable and sometimes unruly subjects: children. In addition to injuries involving children, gym teachers, science teachers, nurses, and other school professionals face a number of hazards. This can result in a host of injuries that may give teachers and education professionals the right to collect workers’ compensation benefits. According to the United Federation of Teachers, teachers should be aware of their rights to collect compensation as well as learn how to effectively file a claim in the event of a workplace accident or injury.

For any professional working in the school system, workers’ compensation may become invaluable. It is important to know your rights in the event that you are injured while performing your duties as a teacher. Our Spartanburg workers’ compensation attorneys are dedicated to providing knowledgeable counsel and advocacy to North and South Carolina workers, including teachers.

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Like other employers, schools and school districts are responsible for creating a safe and healthy work environment. Teachers who are injured on the job should follow appropriate protocols to ensure that they collect the full compensation and benefits they deserve. While the United Federation of Teachers is one resource for benefits recovery, an experienced workers’ compensation attorney can also protect your rights and interests.

Workers’ compensation benefits include medical expenses, transportation costs and lost wages. You may be entitled to additional compensation if you have suffered a permanent injury including loss of limb, loss of mobility, facial scars, tissue damage, or loss of sight or hearing. Teachers and other workers in the education industry should remember that workers’ comp benefits are available regardless of who is at fault. You can collect workers’ compensation so long as you were injured on school property or while in the course of performing your work duties.

The Department of Education requires that all accidents be reported within 24 hours so it is important to act quickly after an accident. You have a two year statute of limitations to file a claim from the date of the accident; however it is always in your best interests to file your claim when you are first injured or immediately after receiving medical treatment. For recurring injuries, including back injuries or repetitive stress injuries, you want to document your case as soon as possible to ensure that you get benefits for the full extent of your losses.

Teachers may be exposed to injuries involving sports, lifting children, breaking up fights or event violence. Occupational illnesses including disease or strain injuries may also occur. Teachers may be entitled to compensation for chronic back pain, carpal tunnel, or tendonitis.

Teachers working for private schools, charter schools, and public schools should have a clear understanding of their rights and obligations. Workers’ compensation cases can be complicated so it is important to consult with an experienced advocate as soon as possible. A successful claim depends on timely and effective documentation and filing.

If you or someone you love has suffered a work accident or injury, contact the Lee Law Offices at 1-800-887-1965 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your right to benefits.

More Blog Entries:

Health Care Employees Have Highest Rate of Work-Related Injury, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, August 13, 2013

Acupuncture May Provide Relief for Workers With Chronic Pain, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, July 28, 2013

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