Most injuries and illnesses are covered by workers’ compensation if it is shown that the illness or injury is directly linked to the workplace. For example, an injury must be directly linked to an accident that occurred at the place of employment. An illness must be linked to conditions that are found only in the workplace, such as mesothelioma from asbestos exposure.
If pre-existing conditions are involved, it is more difficult to link injuries and illnesses to employment. But it may still be possible. A thorough investigation of the injury or illness and the incident is necessary to determine how best to proceed.
In cases of accidents, workers’ compensation may not pay for, a shoulder injury, for example, if the victim’s medical records show that the same shoulder was injured years ago due to some other reason. Workers’ comp may not cover a repetitive motion back injury if the victim was found to be moving and lifting boxes over the weekend.
Every workers’ compensation case is different. There’s no definitive list of what workers’ comp will and will not cover because there are always a wide variety of factors to consider in every situation. There’s often not a clear answer as to whether or not an illness or injury will be covered. It’s up to the victim and his or her attorney to gather enough evidence to prove their case.
To learn more about workers’ compensation coverage, contact our experienced workers’ comp lawyers today. We’ll help you to know what your rights are and where you stand with your claim. Call now or fill out our online form and our attorneys will reach out to you right away.