It’s all too easy to get hurt at work no matter what kind of job you have. An accidental slip or fall, a wrong turn, or sudden change in movement can result in an injury. Exposure to certain allergens or chemicals at work can cause an illness or injury.
In many cases, the accident isn’t a big deal. A sore muscle heals in a day or two and a cut or slight wound mends with no treatment necessary. However, other accidents result in more serious injuries. Workers may not understand what kind of injuries are covered by the employer’s workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Therefore, if you suffer any injury at work, you should consult with a Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney to ensure you receive the benefits you are entitled to receive under Florida’s workers’ compensation laws.
The Basics Of Covered Injuries
Workers who are injured due to a sudden accident are covered, as are workers whose injuries result from repeated exposure to substances or repetitive activities. Physical conditions and illnesses that are caused or made worse by conditions in the workplace are also covered by insurance.
Almost any injury may be covered by workers’ compensation. While this sounds simple, it is often more complicated by the parameters surrounding the incident.
The key to determining if an injury is covered by workers’ comp is if the injury occurred during the course of employment. The legal definition of “course of employment” refers to incidents that happen while someone is performing their employment duties.
The definition has been expanded to include injuries occurring when an employee is running errands for the employer or traveling on business. A gray area occurs when an employee is traveling for business but not actually performing work-related duties at the time of the injury. In such cases, prior cases may serve as standards for current claims.
The easiest injuries to determine are related to work are those that cause immediate issues, such as a broken bone from a fall. However, many other injuries are caused by repetitive tasks and motions. For instance, carpal tunnel syndrome is one of the most common work-related stress injuries, which affects the wrist, forearm, and hand. This type of injury goes by many names, including the following:
- Cumulative trauma disorders
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Repeated motion injuries
This type of injury is covered by workers’ compensation, but it must be determined that the employee’s duties at work were the cause of the injury. These injuries are easier to treat if diagnosed early. If they have progressed, surgery may be required. Prolonging treatment increases the risk that the person may not recover fully, even with treatment.
Stress at work is increasingly being viewed as the cause of other conditions and may be covered by workers’ compensation. This is still a relatively new area compared to traditional physical injuries and may require experienced legal representation. Non-physical injuries include may include mental disorders or physical illnesses caused by emotional or mental stress.
What Should You Do If You Are Injured At Work?
Anyone who has been involved in a work accident or suffered an illness caused by work should consult an attorney, especially if the injury is not easily treated and a full recovery is uncertain. Having a Boca Raton workers’ compensation attorney represent you ensures you have the legal counsel you need for your claim.
Call A Boca Raton Workers’ Comp Attorney Now
Contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. at 1-800-333-3903 schedule a free legal consultation and free case evaluation with a Boca Raton workers’ comp lawyer.