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Do I have a claim?

Workers’ compensation is a comprehensive system designed to protect workers harmed as a result of their work tasks. Workers typically cannot sue their employers, but instead must make claims through workers’ compensation to get benefits they need during the recovery process after a workplace injury.

Unfortunately, many employees do not fully understand the workers’ compensation system and employers often fail to provide the information workers need to take action after getting hurt or sick at work. You owe it to yourself to determine if you have a claim for benefits if something went wrong at your job that hurt your health. The Law Offices of Mark C. Wagner is here and ready to help.

Our compassionate and knowledgeable legal team can work closely with you to determine if you have a claim for benefits and, if so, to pursue that claim so you can get the compensation you need to move forward after getting hurt or sick. Give us a call today to find out more about how a workers’ compensation lawyer at our firm can help you.

Do I Have a Workers’ Compensation Claim?

Workers’ compensation provides broad protection to workers and there are many circumstances in which you could make a claim for benefits after being harmed by your job.

You should be able to make a successful workers’ compensation claim any time you can prove that injuries or illness occurred as a direct result of your work tasks. This means if you got sick because of workplace exposure or if you got hurt because of repetitive stress, you would have a claim, just as you would if you got into an accident on the job site.

You can make a workers’ compensation claim even if you were not physically in your normal work location when the injury happened, as long as the injury can be traced to fulfilling work responsibilities. If you had to pick your boss up at the airport as part of your job as an executive assistant and you got into a car accident on the way, you should be able to make a workers’ compensation claim even if you were far from your desk at the time of injury.

You can also make a workers’ compensation claim even if the injury happened over time. If you develop carpal tunnel syndrome, a disc issue, a hernia, or other condition caused by overexertion or repetitive stress in the workplace, these injuries could give rise to a workers’ compensation claim.

Illness and Injury Can Result in Workers’ Compensation Claims

While there are an endless list of work-related illnesses and injuries that could result in an employee becoming eligible to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits, some of the most common situations where workers’ comp claims arise include:

  • Illnesses caused by exposure to toxins. Examples include respiratory problems due to mold exposure or cancer caused by asbestos.
  • Repetitive stress injuries. Carpal tunnel or disc compression are common examples of work-related repetitive stress injuries.
  • Overexertion injuries. If you suffered a hernia or other overexertion injury due to straining or lifting, this could give rise to a claim.
  • Injuries from an accident. This could include any type of injury caused by car accidents, falls, fires, explosions, or anything else that goes wrong on the job.

If you have gotten hurt or been made sick because of your work, you should talk with an attorney to find out whether you have a claim for benefits.

Getting Help from a Workers’ Compensation Lawyer

A workers’ compensation lawyer at The Law Offices of Mark C. Wagner can provide the personalized one-on-one support you need to determine if you can make a claim for benefits. Whether you were sick, hurt in an accident, or developed a repetitive stress injury, we can help you to prove your health issues are work related so workers’ compensation will cover the care you need.

The Law Offices of Mark C. Wagner cares about every client we serve. We believe in listening to your story, finding ways to meet your needs, and helping you fight to get full and fair compensation so you can move forward. To find out more about the ways in which our firm can help you to determine if you have a claim, and how we can help to pursue your claim for benefits, give us a call today.