At some point, you may wonder if you're in position to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits.
If you suffered an on-the-job injury, there's a good chance you're in position to receive compensation until you're able to return to your job.
However, this leads to an important question: Was your injury work-related?
Before you file a claim, you need to make sure your injury was related to something that happened on the job. An example of a workplace injury is one in which you trip on an item in your office, thus falling to the ground and breaking a bone.
Here are a few other things to think about in relation to work-related injuries:
- An injury during an off-site break is not typically considered work-related
- A pre-existing condition that worsens as the result of your employment can be considered work-related
- You may qualify for benefits even if you weren't working at the time, but instead were partaking in a company picnic or company sponsored party
- Mental conditions caused by your employment can also qualify you for workers' compensation benefits (just the same as a physical injury)
At our law firm, we know that many employers will do whatever it takes to prevent paying workers' compensation to an injured employee. For this reason, you need to be prepared for anything and everything that could come your way, including an initial denial letter.
If your claim is denied, maybe because your employer states that you were not injured on the job, you must learn more about your legal rights and the steps you can take to appeal.