5 criteria for receiving workers’ compensation

On Behalf of | Jan 17, 2024 | Blog, Workers' Compensation |

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 2.8 million people receive injuries while working each year. If you meet certain criteria, you may deserve compensation for your expenses.

When it comes to on-the-job injuries, knowing if you qualify for workers’ compensation is important for obtaining the support you need. There are several criteria you must meet.

1. Employment relationship

To be eligible for workers’ compensation, you must have an established employer-employee relationship. This means you should be a legitimate employee, not an independent contractor or volunteer. If you receive a regular paycheck, you probably meet this criterion.

2. On-the-job injury

Workers’ compensation typically covers injuries that occur while performing job-related tasks. Whether it is a slip, trip or fall at the workplace or an injury resulting from the use of company equipment, as long as the incident happened during the course of your employment, you likely qualify.

3. Timely reporting

Promptly reporting your workplace injury is important. Most states have specific time limits within which you must notify your employer about the incident. Failing to report in a timely manner might jeopardize your eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits.

4. Medical treatment

If you seek medical attention for your work-related injury, it strengthens your case for workers’ compensation. Make sure to follow the prescribed treatment plan and attend all medical appointments. This not only aids in your recovery but also serves as evidence of the severity of your injury.

5. No violation of company policies

If your injury occurred while violating company policies or engaging in illegal activities, your eligibility for workers’ compensation may be in jeopardy. Adherence to workplace rules is important for maintaining your eligibility status.

Understanding your eligibility for workers’ compensation is important if you ever get hurt at work. By meeting these criteria, you can navigate the process smoothly and access the support you need during a challenging time.

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