Miscarriages can happen due to exposure to harmful substances, direct trauma, or improper working conditions, like overexertion.
Thousands of workers get injured every year due to their working conditions, the negligence of their employers or co-workers, or from interacting with customers. The types of injuries one can get at the workplace varies from slips and falls, vehicle accidents, exposure to toxic substances to violence, shootings, etc.
Unfortunately, many of the victims of workplace injuries and conditions are pregnant women. A lot of them suffer miscarriages because of the working conditions or as a result of trauma.
You may wonder, what should you do if you suffered a miscarriage because of improper working conditions?
What Is a Miscarriage?
A miscarriage is the loss of the fetus within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy. If the pregnancy is more advanced, the loss of the unborn child is considered a stillbirth. Miscarriages can have serious symptoms, like heavy bleeding, abdominal contractions that cause a lot of pain, and a drop in blood pressure.
Miscarriages often require medical attention, being admitted to the hospital for removing the tissues from the womb, and a resting period afterward.
Common Causes of Miscarriages Due to Working Conditions
Miscarriages can happen due to exposure to harmful substances, direct trauma, or improper working conditions, like overexertion. Here are some of the most common causes of miscarriages in the workplace:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Accidents involving vehicles
- Exposure to harmful substances, like carbon monoxide, mercury, lead, and others
- Violent acts
If an incident happens in the workplace, report the event immediately to your employer, put it in writing, seek medical attention, and speak with an experienced work injury attorney.
What Compensation Can You Get?
Workers’ compensation is a system designed to protect workers who get injured or develop health conditions due to incidents or improper conditions at the workplace. If your workplace caused your miscarriage, you need to gather evidence on the severity of your health condition and evidence to prove that your work caused the damage.
Workers’ comp generally covers medical investigations, medical treatment, and lost wages. It does not cover non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
Why Speak With an Attorney?
We highly recommend speaking with an experienced St. Louis work injury lawyer who can assess your case and help you understand what you are legally entitled to.
Regardless of what the best course of action is, it’s important to see a doctor as soon as possible, report the event to your employer, get witness accounts of what happened exactly, and keep every document that might be related to your case.
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