Can you Receive Worker’s Comp for Inherently Dangerous Jobs?
The worker’s compensation program in America was designed to provide financial assistance to individuals that have been injured while on the job. If you are in a job in which injuries are not too common, such as most office jobs, it is fully expected to make a worker’s compensation claim and usually, the process is streamlined. Is this the case for more dangerous jobs however, where injuries are common? Can you still receive worker’s comp if you are injured while working on this these jobs?
The answer to that is yes, any time that an employee is injured while on the job, he or she has the right to receive compensation for those injuries. This is true no matter the profession, type of job, or even if the incident was the fault of the employee or not. There are some kinds of fields in which jobs are more dangerous than normal. Any profession that operates heavy machinery or works in hot environments or outside, such as construction, creates conditions that have an increased risk of injury. Workers in these fields are still entitled to workers’ compensation and go about receiving it the same as anyone else.
That being said, employers in these fields are sometimes notorious for attempting to deny workers this right. They will typically cite that the worker should have been aware of safety protocols and followed them correctly or that it is normal to be injured and so compensation isn’t warranted. This is intentionally misleading on their part, as it doesn’t matter the circumstances of the injury and you should always consult with an attorney if you suspect your right to compensation is being denied.
We at the Franco Law Firm have helped many workers in many different fields gain the worker’s compensation they deserve and we would be happy to help you do the same. For more information and to schedule a free consultation with us today, please call us at (813) 872-0929.