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What is and what isn’t a work injury: Learn the difference, be compensated

When a worker is injured or becomes ill on the job, in the vast majority of cases, this would qualify for workers' compensation, and the worker would be entitled to receive benefits to cover his/her medical expenses, lost wages, etc. However, there are some situations in which an incident may not qualify for workers' compensation, and in these cases, the worker won't receive any compensation and will have to bear the expenses on his own.

Therefore, after suffering an injury that may or may not be covered by workers' compensation, you should know the difference between what qualifies as a work injury and what does not.

Nevertheless, if you want to make sure that you qualify for workers' compensation, and would like professional help to receive the maximum compensation possible, it may be a good idea to work with one of the best workers' compensation law firms in Los Angeles, C&B Law Group.

The team at C&B Law Group is available 24/7, and they offer completely free initial consultations. If you want to know the value of your case in minutes, contact them as soon as you can.

What qualifies as a work injury?

To put it simply, a work injury is one that has occurred as a result of any type of work-related activity, in other words, any incident you suffered while doing something on behalf of your employer, or during your work. For example, most injuries that occur on the job site, whether it is an office, a store, a construction site, etc., are categorized as work-related injuries, and therefore the injured worker will have the right to apply for workers' compensation benefits.

However, work injuries are not limited to the workplace. If, for example, you are injured while working while driving a company-owned vehicle, your injuries would also be covered by workers' compensation.

Also, occupational diseases often go unnoticed. If you come into contact with a contagious disease while on the job, you are also entitled to workers' compensation to pay for the medical expenses that this entails. This is especially common in health care workers, such as doctors, nurses, paramedics, etc.

On the other hand, some injuries develop over time, such as repetitive stress injuries. These usually occur when the worker performs the same activity on a daily basis. One of its most common forms is carpal tunnel syndrome.

What isn’t a work injury?

However, certain injuries don’t qualify as work injuries, and this is due to a variety of factors, including whether you were acting on behalf of your employer (or within your work activities) at the time of the injury, whether you were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs, or even whether the injury was the result of some type of misconduct on your part.

For example, if you are injured in a restaurant during your lunch break, technically the injury occurred within working hours, but would not be covered by workers' compensation. However, if you are injured in your company's cafeteria, you may be able to apply for workers' compensation.

Yet, if you are injured during your working hours (and even at your workplace) while NOT doing your job, or doing something not approved by your employer, you might lose your right to be compensated. Also, if you were under the influence of alcohol or other drugs at the time of your injury, you will certainly not receive compensation.

Finally, if you were injured as a result of misconduct, such as a fight caused by you or breaking a workplace rule on purpose, or even if you were trying to hurt yourself in some way, your injury won't qualify as a work injury and you will have to deal with the expenses on your own.

What to do to be compensated?

Do you want to make sure your injury qualifies as a work injury? Do you want to receive the compensation you deserve? Then you should work with one of the best workers' compensation law firms in Los Angeles.

C&B Law Group is a Los Angeles workers' compensation law firm that has helped thousands of clients receive the money they needed to take back control of their lives, and you can be next. Call them now to find out the value of your case in minutes.

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