Many people who are injured at work want to know whether or not their injury is covered by work comp. In this article, we are going to discuss some of the common and uncommon injuries and illnesses that can be covered by worker’s compensation.
Broken Bones, Fractures, and Sprains
These acute injuries are most commonly what people think of when they think “work injury.” Sprains, strains, fractures, cuts, etc. often result from a specific incident like a slip and fall accident, a vehicle crash, or something similar. These injuries are covered by work comp as long as they occurred during work hours and on work property.
Repetitive Stress Injuries
Repetitive stress injuries develop over a long period of time due to certain motions that are performed regularly, rather than the direct result of a specific accident. Common examples of repetitive stress injuries include: tennis elbow, carpal tunnel, bursitis, arthritis, and the like. Manual labor workers are more likely to develop these injuries as their jobs require more daily movement. These injuries can also be covered by work comp, but may be more difficult to prove.
Respiratory injuries and conditions can develop due to poor working conditions in which the worker is forced to inhale noxious fumes. Examples include lung disease, cancer, bronchitis, emphysema, and cystic fibrosis. These can also be covered by work comp benefits.
No matter what type of injury you have sustained, if you are involved in an accident at work, you need competent legal help to make sure that your rights are upheld every step of the way. Dean Margolis is a Minneapolis attorney who focuses his entire practice on work comp law. For the past thirty years, Dean has been defending the rights of injured Minnesota workers against big employers and insurers. If you or your loved one has sustained a workplace injury, pick up the phone and call Margolis Law Firm now. We offer free case reviews and we work on a contingency basis – which means you don’t owe us anything unless we win your case and recover damages for you. Contact us today to set up your free work comp consultation.
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