Q: How can I tell if my injury was the sole cause of my job?
You may think that any injury suffered while working in a factory in Chico will be an open-and-shut case for a workers’ compensation claim. However, there are many ways to be injured at work—and even more ways your employer could try to deny payment.
Common Work-Related Injuries
- Accidents – Many injuries that are sustained on the job are a result of a single incident, such as a slip and fall on a wet floor or lifting a heavy carton and straining a back muscle. In these cases, it is fairly easy to prove that the accident is work related (if it took place on the employer’s property), but proving the extent of your injury may be more difficult.
- Cumulative trauma – Some injures do not occur at one specific time, but over years and years of performing the same action in the daily course of your job. This is called cumulative trauma, and can be the result of repetitive stress (such as carpal tunnel) or breathing in fumes and dust particles (occupational disease).
- Exacerbating conditions – In some cases, employees may have an underlying condition that their work environment makes worse. Many workers are unaware that they can get workers compensation for an aggravated condition even if the original injury was not caused by the work itself.
Are Your Injuries Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Unfortunately, many employees make the mistake of asking their bosses whether or not their injuries are covered by workers’ comp. Since it is in an employer’s best interest to keep claims to a minimum, workers are often told that they will need to use their own insurance or state benefits to pay for their medical costs.
One way to find out if your injury was caused while working on the job in Chicco, is to read through our FREE guide, The Northern California Workers’ Compensation Survival Manual. Click the link at the top of this page to start reading, or call the Ledgerwood Law Group today at 888-761-7383 to discuss your work injury case with an attorney.