When most people think of the benefits of workers’ compensation, they think of suffering physical injuries that they received on the job, such as cuts and bruises. While you can certainly take advantage of workers’ comp in these cases, you might be surprised to learn that you can also take advantage of workers’ comp for illnesses suffered on the job. If you’ve become afflicted by an illness that was caused by conditions at your place of work, you could qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.
More detailed information can be found here to help you understand the many types of injuries that are covered under workers’ compensation, but in most instances, any detrimental health issue that you have suffered that can be directly tied to a work-related issue could qualify you for workers’ comp. This even includes some issues that you may think obscure, such as working at a smoking-friendly restaurant and being diagnosed with lung cancer caused by inhaling second-hand smoke.
These illnesses could qualify you even if you weren’t directly on the clock. Coming down with serious food poisoning at a company cafeteria might qualify you for workers’ comp, for example. In New York, we’re no strangers to extremely cold weather, and if your job requires you to go out into the cold, you could receive workers’ compensation benefits if you come down with hypothermia or frostbite.
Of course you’ll want to get the maximum amount of compensation you deserve in instances like these. After all, your well-being and the well-being of your family could depend on it. In such instances where you have suffered a work-related injury and you are seeking workers’ compensation, legal assistance can help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve.