All lawyers for workers’ compensation law will tell you that employers have obligations to protect their workers from injury and harm. That being said, sometimes accidents happen in the workplace and your employer is responsible for reporting any workplace injury or illness that results from the workplace.
When workers become sick or injured on the job, the goal of workers’ compensation is to ensure that the employee receives appropriate medical care and is adequately compensated for lost wages relating to the on-the-job injury.
An injury may stem from a sudden accident, like crushing a body part in a machine, or it may develop over time, like back pain from consistent heavy lifting. An injury can also be physical or psychological. You are just as entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that may result from being robbed at gunpoint while working as a cashier, as you are for breaking your leg doing construction work.
Regardless, worker’s compensation operates on a “no-fault” system, in that you are entitled to benefits no matter whose fault the injury was. Difficulties arise in determining whether your work was the cause of your injury or disease. For example, if you were in a car accident and hurt your back, and subsequently your back began to hurt from heavy lifting at work, your claim may be contested. If you need legal advice about workers’ compensation, contact Levitt LLP.