Workers’ compensation is best known for covering work-related injuries. This can be anything, including construction site slips, trips, and falls, broken bones, back injuries, and more. What you might not realize is that other work-related risks are also potentially covered by these programs. Here are a few worth noting:
1. Occupational Diseases– Many diagnosed diseases can be considered occupationally related diseases with everyone from industrial workers to office workers being at risk. Exposure to toxins, pollutants, asbestos, infectious diseases, repetitive tasks, and skin irritants can result in conditions that would fall under workers’ compensation guidelines.
2. Weather Hazards– Outdoor workers can fall victim to injuries and illnesses because of extreme temperatures. Some of the most common injuries include falls, hypothermia, frostbite, car injuries due to weather conditions, traumatic injuries, and electrical injuries.
3. Mental Conditions– Post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental illnesses caused by something that occurred at your place of employment have the potential for compensation. Although trickier to prove than a physical injury and specific criteria must be met, it is still something you should discuss with an attorney who is knowledgeable about workers’ compensation.
If you have suffered a work-related injury or occupational disease, talk to us at James M. Snow Law. We have more than 40 years of experience with work-related compensation and will go to bat for you to see that you get the compensation you deserve. Call today to arrange a consultation to learn more.