To file for workers compensation, it is best to do so as close as you can to when you are injured. Most state laws give a deadline, also known as a statute of limitations, for when to file a claim for workers compensation. Once you do file a claim, you can be either accepted or rejected for workers compensation, dependent on each individual case presented to the company’s insurance agency.
While there is not a specific list of what injuries qualify for workers compensation, there are injuries that are more common to receive workers compensation. Such injuries are as follows:
• Heart attacks
• High blood pressure
• Back injuries
• Carpal tunnel syndrome
• Illnesses from chemicals in the work environment
• Repetitive stress injuries
Workers compensation claims also may be filed for catastrophic injuries or deaths suffered on the job. Many times when we investigate what looks like a worker’s compensation case that involves catastrophic personal injury or death, we find a defective product or machinery in the workplace is to blame. Our product liability attorneys help ensure that manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, retailers and others who make products available to the public are held responsible for the injuries those products cause.