Qualifying for Compensation
Work-related injuries commonly cause work absences and can lead to long-term disability or even death. Workers who suffer an injury due to work may be entitled to compensation from their employer through the workers’ compensation system. But what makes an injury work-related?
This blog will explore the definition of a work-related injury and discuss how employers should handle such claims to protect employees and avoid costly lawsuits. We'll also look at the types of work-related injuries that may qualify for workers' compensation benefits.
Defining a Work-Related Injury
A work-related injury is defined as an injury that occurs during employment or work activities. Any injury occurring in a work environment, regardless of fault, can be considered work-related. The most common work-related injuries are those caused by repetitive motion, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
Employers must protect their employees from work-related injuries by following safety regulations and providing adequate training. If an employee is injured due to work-related activities, they may be eligible for workers' compensation benefits regardless of fault. Employers must take the necessary steps to ensure that any work-related injury is reported and dealt with appropriately to protect their employees and avoid costly lawsuits.
Types of Work-Related Injuries
Work-related injuries can be classified as physical, psychological, and other types. Physical work-related injuries can include those caused by slips, trips, falls, and repetitive motions such as typing on a keyboard. Psychological work-related injuries involve mental or emotional trauma such as post-traumatic stress disorder caused by work activities or work-related stress.
Other work-related injuries can occur due to unsafe work conditions, such as a lack of proper safety protocols or inadequate training. Injuries caused by work-related activities such as lifting and carrying heavy objects also qualify for workers' compensation benefits.
Work-related injuries can also include illnesses or diseases caused by work activities (also known as occupational diseases), such as exposure to hazardous chemicals or conditions.
Call An Attorney When You Experience a Work-Related Injury
When filing a work-related injury claim, it is vital to act quickly and accurately. To ensure the claim is successful, workers should seek medical attention immediately and keep detailed records of their injury, treatment, and work history.
Workers should also contact an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible to ensure their rights are protected and their claim is handled correctly. An attorney can help workers understand the laws surrounding work-related injury claims and navigate the complicated legal process.
At Pothitakis Law Firm, we make it our priority to get our clients the compensation that they deserve. Learn how we can help you with your claim or schedule a consultation by calling (319) 754-6400 or visiting our website.