According to the Mayo Clinic, around 10-20 percent of all pregnancies end in miscarriage. Sometimes miscarriage is the result of abnormalities or complications that cannot be avoided. Other times, they are the result of injury or illness. In this post, we will discuss the common causes for work-related miscarriages, and what women need to know about their legal rights.
Causes for Work-Related Miscarriages
Research shows that there are several occupational factors that can increase the risk of miscarriage. These factors include:
- Shift work
- Long working hours
- Demanding physical workload
- Lifting, standing, or walking for extended periods of time
- Exposure to harmful chemicals
- Exposure to toxins (mold, carbon monoxide, etc.)
- Workplace stress or harassment
- Workplace accidents (slip and fall, hazardous conditions, etc.)
- Workplace violence or physical harm
Any of these factors can increase your risk of having a miscarriage. If you have suffered a miscarriage and believe that it was work-related, you should contact a workers’ compensation attorney to discuss your legal rights.
Miscarriage and Workers’ Compensation
If you are injured in a work-related incident, or suffered a miscarriage as a direct result of your work environment, then you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits could include compensation for:
- Medical care
- Temporary or permanent disability benefits
- Job replacement costs
- Death benefits
The type of benefits you qualify for will depend on the incident, your status as an employee, and your ability to establish that your injuries were the result of your occupation.
Contact a Workers’ Compensation Attorney
There is no easy way of resolving cases involving the loss of a child. At The Law Offices of George S. Henderson, we understand the delicate nature of miscarriage-related claims. Our attorneys are dedicated to helping you protect your legal rights and get the benefits you deserve.