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Is my injury related to my line of work?

Many workers do not realize the vast array of injuries that can be considered job-related under the appropriate circumstances. Findlaw explains that injuries can be the result of one particular incident or can develop over an extended period of time. For instance, a warehouse employee may sustain a back injury from lifting boxes at work or an office assistant might be diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome after years of repetitive computer typing.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that some injuries can be connected to the workplace even if they occur somewhere else. A real estate agent who gets hurt while conducting a home viewing may still be entitled to workers’ comp in many instances, as would a professional truck driver transporting cargo out of state. In fact, injuries that are sustained during a work-sponsored event are also often categorized as being job-related.

Employers and employees alike sometimes assume that workplace injuries must be physical in order to qualify for workers’ comp benefits. Actually, though, there are several types of mental health conditions that can be attributed to work-related factors. Not only can a physical injury induce and/or exacerbate a mental disorder, but stress from something like workplace discrimination or sexual harassment can also lead to serious mental health difficulties.

Multiple factors are taken into consideration in the process of determining whether or not an injury is actually job-related, and general criteria do not apply in every case. Therefore, receiving a professional medical diagnosis is one of the important steps people can take to prove their eligibility for workers’ comp benefits. This information is intended for educational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice.

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