What injuries are covered by workers’ compensation?
Some of the most common work-related injuries that are covered by workers’ compensation are overexertion or repetitive motion and musculoskeletal injuries. Constantly having to lift, pull, push and reach, or sitting at a desk and typing all day, are examples of ways employees suffer these injuries. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a specific on-the-job injury that is very common.
Trip, slip and fall accidents at work can leave workers dealing with a variety of injuries. Sprains, fractures, muscle tears, spinal injuries and traumatic brain injuries are sometimes sustained in such accidents and are covered by workers’ compensation.
Employees who perform work involving heavy machinery or electrical equipment can suffer some of the most serious injuries. Electrocution, crush or compression injuries, amputations, and being hit with objects or equipment are common among construction workers, electricians and factory workers. Some of these injuries can be fatal, but all are covered by workers’ comp.
What are the criteria for filing a workers’ compensation claim?
In order to have a valid workers’ compensation claim, your injury must be directly related to your job. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you can only file if you are at your employer’s workplace. As long as you are working on behalf of your employer and suffer an injury while performing the normal duties of your job, you are eligible. For example, if you are a traveling salesperson and are in another state while working and suffer an injury, you can usually claim workers’ comp.
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ii) If you are involved in a work-related accident, the attorneys at Suisman Shapiro can assist you. Attorney James Berryman of Old Lyme specializes in Workers’ Compensation and can be reached at the number above or at this link.