Were you recently injured on the job and are currently seeking worker’s compensation? If you are, you will have to be able to prove that your injury or illness is work related. In most cases, if you were doing something for your company that resulted in an injury, you will be able to receive benefits as long as you meet the eligibility requirements. Workers’ compensation helps to pay for an injured worker’s medical treatment. It also helps compensate them for a portion of their lost income. Keep reading as we discuss work related injuries, workers’ compensation and circumstances when you may be owed more than a workers’ compensation claim.
The 411 on Workers’ Compensation
Following an injury in the workplace, your first concern should be your own wellbeing. You should seek medical treatment as soon as possible following the accident. However, it can be pretty stressful to seek help while you are trying to figure out how you are going to pay for the medical bills. However, it’s important to get the compensation you deserve during this time, so don’t let your employer limit your benefits or deny your injury claim following an accident.
The Cause Behind the Injury
Unfortunately, anybody could get hurt at work. But some workplaces experience more injuries than others. Here’s what you need to know:
- Lunch Break Injuries: Typically an injury that happens during an employee’s lunch break is not considered work related. However, if the injury occurred while you were picking up lunch for your employer, then you may be eligible to receive compensation.
- Misconduct: If you were injured while breaking a workplace safety rule or while doing something that has been prohibited by your employer, then you might still be able to receive workers’ compensation. However, there are some rules that typically apply in these scenarios. For example, workers’ compensation is usually not given in circumstances that an employee is drunk or under the influence of drugs.
- Illnesses and Stress-Related Conditions: Workers’ compensation may cover injuries that developed over time, occupational diseases and other injuries that are the result of being exposed to the condition over an extended period of time. There are also cases where physical or psychological illnesses are the result of stress from the workplace, but it can be difficult to prove these types of injuries and the rules vary from state to state.
If you believe you have suffered a work related injury, it’s important to speak with the Holman Law Firm. Our experienced team will help you get the compensation you deserve and will help to determine if you are owed more than workers’ comp.
The Holman Law Firm is committed to providing the best legal service in Pensacola, Destin, Pace and Cantonment, FL in a variety of legal areas including Family Law and Personal Injury. If you or a loved one has been injured on the job, contact us now for a free consultation at our office or go online at www.holmanfirm.com.