Work related injury is an injury arising out of, or in the course of employment, or if the employment is a significant contributing factor to the injury. It can also be said to be an injury or illness caused, contributed or significantly aggravated by events or exposures in the work environment.

Examples of work related injury

  • Physical injuries: Such as lacerations, fractures, burns,
  • Occupational illness – Industrial deafness, dermatitis, ergonomic disorders, etc.
  • Psychological disorders: Such as anxiety or depression
  • Aggravation of a pre-existing condition: Work can sometimes aggravate a previous work-related or non-work-related injury.
  • Death from an injury or disease: When a person has died as a result of a work-related event or latent onset injury.

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If you suffer a work injury or illness which falls under any of the group stated above, you are probably entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits; it is important that you understand your state’s workers’ compensation system.

The benefits may include:

  • Medical bills. If you have medical bills, they will be reimbursed to help you recover from your work-related injuries. However, keep in mind that your choice of doctors might be limited.
  • Temporary disability benefits. If your injury prevents you from performing your job normally and, as a result, you lose wages, you may receive temporary disability benefits. These payments are usually available only after you miss several days of work and often total about two-thirds of your normal wages.
  • Permanent disability benefits. If you don’t completely recover from you injuries, you might receive permanent disability benefits based upon the nature and extent of your impairment or injury.
  • Death benefits. If you die from a work-related injury or illness, your spouse or children may receive death benefits.

Benefits received will depend on the nature and seriousness of your injuries and your state compensation system.

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Some important questions about work related injury

What is considered a work-related injury?

It is an injury or illness caused, contributed or significantly aggravated by events or exposures in the work environment.

I was injured at work what are my rights?

If the injury was work related, you are due for compensation which may cover, medical bill, temporary disability benefit, permanent disability benefit, death benefit. This will depend on your state compensation system. However, you need to know your state compensation system.

If i get injured at work do i get paid:

Yes, accident compensation as far as it is work related.

Injured at work, can i sue?

If the injury can be categorized into any of the above group making it work related, you can sue. But that will only be necessary if the organization involve fails to implement the workers implementation plan after all criteria have been satisfied.

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