Florida’s workers’ compensation laws are designed to protect workers who are injured on the job. Most people associated a workplace “accident” with workers’ compensation; however, that is not the best definition of what is covered by workers’ comp. A better definition of what workers’ compensation covers is a workplace “injury”. Not all injuries in the workplace are the result of an “accident.” Some employers may try to convince an employee if their injury is not directly related to an accident at work that they are not covered by workers’ compensation. The employer may truly believe this misconception; however, it does not change the fact that is it simply not correct.
Workplace Injuries Covered By Workers’ Compensation in Florida
You do not need to fall off a ladder, trip over damaged flooring, or be hit by a piece of machinery to suffer a workplace injury that is covered by workers’ compensation.
Repetitive Motion Injuries
Some injuries occur on the job from repetitive motions. Over time, repetitive motions can result in a variety of injuries that cause severe pain and restriction of movement. Left untreated, repetitive motions can result in permanent injury and disability. Symptoms of a repetitive motion injury can take years to develop. You are at a higher risk for a repetitive motion injury if:
- You are required to do a lot of heavy lifting;
- You work in an awkward position;
- Your repeat the same motions every day for weeks, months, or years;
- You sit or stand in the same position without taking frequent breaks to stretch and move your body;
- You perform repetitive motions that require you to use your full strength or a lot of force to complete the motion;
- You work in a poorly designed space or with incorrect work tools; or,
- You are required to repeat motions at an excessive rate of speed.
Examples of repetitive injuries that may be covered by workers’ compensation include herniated discs, carpal tunnel syndrome, neurovascular disorders, tendonitis, nerve disorders, and ruptured discs. If you are experiencing any pain, stiffness, tingling, or burning in any area of your body, you should be seen by a physician to determine if you may have suffered a repetitive motion injury related to your job.
Some injuries occur because you are exposed to certain conditions or substances. For example, if you work in an industry with toxic substances, you may develop lung cancer or other diseases from prolonged exposure. Employers have an obligation to provide workers with a safe work environment and to provide the correct safety equipment to reduce the risk of injuries. However, if you develop an illness due to your working conditions, you may be entitled to receive workers’ compensation regardless of the safety measures in place.
Are You Unsure If You Are Entitled To Workers’ Compensation Benefits?
If you have developed an illness or medical condition you believe is related to your job, it is in your best interest to consult a Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney as soon as possible. You may be entitled to receive workers’ comp benefits; however, you have a limited amount of time to file a claim. Call The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. at 1-800-333-3903 to schedule your free consultation with a Florida workers’ comp lawyer.