Have you ever wondered what injuries will qualify you for workers’ compensation? It’s the first thing you think of when you get hurt at work. It would be best if you had a clear idea of what qualifies and what does not. Then speak with a workers comp lawyer. Here are some examples of injuries that qualify and those that do not.
Common Types of Workers’ Compensation Injuries
These types of work-related injuries are covered under workers’ compensation insurance. They include:
- Amputations; occur in factories and industrial settings;
- Slip and fall injuries
- Hearing loss and eye injuries
- Exacerbated pulmonary conditions, like asthma
- Work-induced conditions, like heart attacks, strokes, or hypertension
- Work-induced psychiatric and emotional problems brought on by physical injury
- Mesothelioma from asbestos exposure and other occupational-related diseases
- Burns and electrocutions
- Back, knee, and shoulder injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Injury from dangerous or defective tools and machines
Injuries that Don’t Qualify
There are some situations where your injury won’t qualify for workers’ compensation.
- If you have an injury at work that does not relate to your job, workers comp usually will not cover it. You will not be qualified if your job triggered the injury and was not the primary cause.
- It also may not apply if the employee would have been equally exposed to the risk in everyday life.
- If you have alcohol or drugs in your system, you will not qualify.
- An injury when commuting to and from work.
- Horseplay and fighting injuries will not be covered. Neither will recreational activities you do with your work. Like, For a holiday party or a picnic.
These lists will help you when you have been injured at work and are worried about being covered. Get a consultation from us here at Lee Law Offices. We will be able to help you with the logistics surrounding workers’ compensation and any question you might have.