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When you’re injured at work, regardless of how severe the injury is, it can be an inconvenient and stressful experience. Even though you need to take the time to rest and heal, you may be worried about losing money from taking time off of work. This makes sense because you depend on your paycheck to take care of your bills and meet your needs in life.
You’ve given your employer your commitment to be at work on time, and if you’re part of a team you know what it’s like when someone is absent. Knowing you’ll be absent just adds to the stress of your experience and stress can actually prolong your healing.
Work injuries can vary in degree, and while sometimes you may be able to go back to work within a few days, sometimes you can’t. You shouldn’t be punished for being injured. You should be taken care of and compensated while you recover. You are an important part of your team at work and deserve to be covered financially when you experience work injuries.
It is for this reason worker’s compensation was created.
What are work injuries?
When an event or some kind of harmful exposure in the workplace contributes to, or causes a condition, illness, or exacerbates a pre-existing injury, the result is considered to be a work injury.
Any work injuries that take place in the work environment stand a good chance of being covered by worker’s compensation.
What is the work environment?
What is considered to be the work environment can extend beyond the physical premises of the actual business. For example, if employees are working off-site at a festival or a fair in a booth, then that temporary setup is considered to be the workplace. The work environment can also include the equipment and materials used by employees while working on off-site projects.
Work Injuries are not always injuries to the physical body
Work injuries are not just limited to physical injuries, however. They can include illnesses like viruses contracted at work, or food borne illness (food poisoning) from eating contaminated food provided by the work establishment.
If you’ve been injured or fell ill at work or while on the job at a remote location, you may be entitled to recover worker’s compensation in order to help pay your medical bills as well as recover lost wages.
If you think you might qualify, before doing anything, you’ll want to contact an experienced lawyer who can look at the details surrounding your situation and determine whether or not you have a case to pursue. With the right lawyer, you can recover the funds to relieve the stress you’ve experienced from trying to pay your bills and maintain your household without your regular paychecks.