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State law governs most workers' compensation claims. These laws are aimed at protecting workers from injuries sustained on the job. Most states require every business to have some form of workers' compensation insurance to cover its employees. A workers' compensation claim is not considered a lawsuit but rather, is a claim for benefits from the employer. Usually, workers' compensation is the exclusive remedy for workers, unless the worker can point to a third party as a contributing factor in their injury, such as a manufacturer of equipment. There are several types of injuries for which a worker can recover. In some cases, even work-related stress may lead to a valid injury for which a worker can recover.

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Not everybody gets to work in a nice quiet office. Many people work in loud factories or on construction sites with constant booming and heavy machinery noise.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, nearly 30 million people are exposed to hazardous noise levels at work every year. Long term exposure to high levels of noise can cause permanent tinnitus or hearing loss. OSHA sets employee noise exposure limits at 90dBA for 8 hours a day, and only 2 hours of exposure to 100 dBA sound levels.

So if you experience hearing loss while working in a noisy environment, you may be eligible for workers' compensation.

Are you afraid to make a workers' comp claim? Afraid your employer will fire you? Afraid another employer won't hire you because of your workers' comp claim?

Don't be. Your have rights and are usually protected by the law.

Americans work too hard. Because of long hours and work stress, many of us are working ourselves towards a heart attack.

If you get a heart attack, either at work or at home, can you get workers' compensation?

Your job may be full of hazards, such as heavy boxes and dangerous machinery. However, did you ever expect the hazard to come from that tasty hamburger you had at the company cafeteria?

Food poisoning doesn't just hurt your stomach. It can hurt your wallet when you have to miss work and pay to see the doctor.

So, if you get food poisoning at work, can you get workers' compensation?

You're hurt and out of work, so who should compensate you? While they both aim to provide income for people too hurt to work, workers' compensation insurance and Social Security disability insurance (SSDI) function a little bit differently.

So if your workers' compensation claim is denied, can you receive SSDI benefits instead? The answer may depend on if you're filing for benefits from the state or federal government.

Stress at work is so ubiquitous that many of us accept it as a way of life.

However, if your stress is caused by the conditions at your work, you may have a workers' compensation claim.

Battlefields are among the most dangerous places on earth, and injuries are bound to happen. And while most employees are covered by traditional workers' compensation benefits, is the same true for people injured during military operations?

The answer, as always in the legal realm, is: it depends. Let's take a look at the law differs for members of the armed services and for civil contractors.

I would not wish back pain on anybody.

It can be a constant dull ache affecting everything you do in a day, or it can be an excruciating stab in the back that can make it hard to even stand up. Back pain can be so pervasive that you may have to miss work, along with pretty much everything else in your life.

While you can get workers' compensation for a work-related back injury, can you get workers' comp for back pain?

Is My Injury Work Related?

To get workers' compensation for an injury, it must be work related.

If you slip and fell at work or broke your leg while stocking the shelves, it's easy to show that the injury was work related. But, how do you prove an injury is work related if it happened away from work, or if it's not a physical injury, or if the injury developed over time?

So, is your injury work-related?

For many people, a work related injury doesn't just mean pain and suffering. It means days of work will be missed, medical bills will pile up, or money will get tight. Most people will need their workers' compensation benefits as soon as possible.

So, how long will a workers' compensation claim take? When will you start receiving money?