Workers’ compensation provides employees with the funds they need to cover expenses created by injuries suffered while on the job. So perhaps you believe these benefits will only be provided if you are injured while directly engaging in the tasks of your job. Actually, workers’ compensation benefits can also extend to injuries that occur or have occurred outside the framework of your daily tasks.
For example, you may be able to receive workers’ compensation if you are injured during times where you are not working but your activities are related to work. Such times can include when you are on a lunch hour or some other break period.
Another situation that could be covered by a workers’ compensation is if you have a pre-existing condition that is exacerbated by the activities of your current job. A common example of this is if you have previously suffered a back injury, and your job requires lifting and stooping that makes the pain worse.
These are just two scenarios in which a worker could receive compensation even though the injury was not the result of an event that took place while performing his or her on-the-job duties. There are other circumstances that could be covered.
In pursuing compensation for these issues, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. First, workers’ compensation is not automatically granted just because you file a claim. There are criteria that must be met. Also, in some situations, the manner in which you represent the injury can influence whether you get the compensation you need.
If you have an injury but are unsure if it’s covered by workers’ compensation, you may want to discuss your issue with an experienced attorney. The attorney can assess your case and advise you on the merits of your claim. In addition, the attorney can help you fill out your claim forms in a manner that will best explain the nature of your injuries and your compensatory needs.