23 May Injured At Work? What Exactly Are Your Employer’s Responsibilities?
Should you sustain an injury at work, it is required by law that your employer pay a portion of your lost wages. It is this workers’ compensation insurance that will pay a portion of your regular wages while recovering from the work-related injury. Additionally, there are instances when employees may sue their employer in a court of law if the injuries they have sustained are a result of negligence or a willful violation of safety codes in the workplace.
It is possible that a job-related injury or illness could take months, if not years to show symptoms, and many times it is not an easy task to prove the injury to be job-related. If you have what you feel is a job-related injury or illness, it is really of utmost importance to see a doctor immediately. In this situation, it is much better to be safe than sorry when and if your symptoms do rear their ugly heads. Contacting a very experienced attorney to sift through the facts and decide if, in fact, you have a claim that is warranted.
Your Injury Must Be Work Related
It is imperative that the injury occurred while you were doing your work duties to get workers compensation. When you are determining if in fact the injury is indeed work related, remember a few important points;
- If alcohol is involved in the injury, it could still be considered work-related if it was at a work sponsored event.
- An injury sustained during a lunch break is typically not considered work related unless it was onsite or involves your employer in some way shape or form.
- Should a mental condition be determined to have been sustained as a result of your job, they are treated the same as physical conditions.
- A pre-existing condition, which is exacerbated on the job, is usually considered work related.
Workers’ Compensation Attorney Jeffrey M. Bloom
If you find yourself in a workers’ compensation nightmare or just have questions regarding your workers’ compensation claim, contact The Law Offices of Jeffrey M. Bloom in West New York, New Jersey at (855) 208-3650. We are here to help.