The worker’s compensation program in America was designed with the purpose of providing financial assistance to employees that have been injured while on the job. The qualifications for this kind of funding are simple. Firstly, an employee must have been injured while at work and doing work-related activities. Secondly, there must have been necessary medical treatment for which the employee is trying to be compensated for. This latter stipulation makes it seem like only major injuries qualify one for worker’s comp, but there are a number of minor injuries that fit the bill as well.
Remember that “medical treatment” doesn’t always mean long hospital stays or years of physical therapy. A trip to the clinic, one-time chiropractic appointment, or similar form of treatment qualifies as well, so long as the intention behind these was to indeed treat an injury caused in the workplace. For example, if you receive a minor sprain that requires a clinic visit and a sling, it qualifies for compensation. Small cuts and bruises might also qualify if a medical professional had to clean or otherwise address said wounds.
Under certain circumstances, the long-term effects of a job may qualify one for compensation. Repetitive motions or being physically active in harmful environments can wear down joints and injure one’s back. Even in office settings, staring at a computer screen or sitting in one position for too long can strain one’s eyes or spine if endured over many years. Although these situations are sometimes harder to prove, they are certainly grounds for compensation claims if the long-standing ailment was work-related.
Ultimately, you always want to consult with an attorney if you are unsure about whether or not you can receive worker’s compensation or if your claim to it has been denied by your employer. At the Franco Law Firm, we have the expertise and experience to help guide you through the legal process and see justice won for you. To schedule a free consultation with us today, please call us any time at (813) 872-0929.