When injured in the scope of employment, workers compensation is a system designed to help with the injuries, illness, and even death that occur from the job. The system is created so workers can receive compensation for damages without having to sue their employers. However, many employees discover too late that only certain injuries will be covered by workers comp insurance.
The most common workers compensation claims handle the injuries that occur while working on the job. Laws differ from state to state, but most will cover the following:
Some may question injuries from horseplay, but workers comp can include injuries from a workers own negligence, as long as they are on the clock. This differs from self inflicted injuries, which include accidents while intoxicated or in violation of company policy.
You can also file a claim for repetitive motion injuries. These include repetitive stress injuries, cumulative trauma disorders and repeated motion injuries. An example of a repetitive motion injury could include carpal tunnel syndrome. To read about the myths of carpal tunnel syndrome, click here.
Illnesses from your occupation are also a legitimate claim for workers compensation. Some jobs have dangerous environments that put workers at risk for mesothelioma or black lung. To prove your claim, make sure your illness is diagnosed by a healthcare professional and documented.
When an accident at the workplace results in a fatality, family members of the deceased can file a workers comp claim as well. This would substitute a wrongful death lawsuit against the company.
As with any job, go here to make sure you know your rights for Kansas job sites.
Your boss may tell you that your injury isn’t covered by workers comp, but always check with a lawyer!
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