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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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You can get workers' compensation for injuries at work, but are you covered for injuries at the annual company picnic?

Company picnics are full of hazards. You could twist an ankle while walking through the park. You could sprain your back defending the marketing team's dodge ball championship title. You could get food poisoning chowing down on barbeque and the CEO's famous potato salad.

Can you get workers' compensation for injuries received at a company picnic?

Have you had the flu this year?

You're coughing and have a sore throat. Your head hurts. Your body aches, and your nose is backed up like rush hour traffic. You have the flu. Now, you have to miss a day of work to go to the doctor and two more days because you can't crawl out of bed.

Can you get workers' compensation for the flu?

What do bloggers, baristas, and construction workers have in common?

They all suffer from repetitive motion injuries at work! Repetitive motion injuries, also known as cumulative trauma injuries or repetitive stress injuries, are caused when overuse or repetitive motions puts strain on certain muscles, tendons, or bones, causing pain or injury. Common repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel, tendonitis, and bursitis. A FindLaw survey has found that repetitive motion injuries constitute 20 percent of workplace injuries.

Can you get workers compensation for a repetitive motion injury?

We know you can get workers compensation for back injury, hearing loss, food poisoning, and hernias. What about knee injuries?

Knee injuries are common among truck drivers, nurses, workers in manufacturing, and construction workers. Common knee injuries, including MCL tear, ACL tear, knee sprains, and meniscus tears, can cause severe pain, require a lot of medical treatment and extensive rehab, and cost you a lot of money.

Can you get workers compensation for a knee injury?

The National Heart Forum estimates that 37 percent of Americans are obese. This number could rise to 50 percent by 2030.

Obesity doesn't just affect our size. It can cause other health problems, such as high blood pressure or heart attacks, or exacerbate the effects of other injuries, such as a back or knee injury. With the sedentary lifestyle of office work and all these drastic numbers in mind, can you get workers' compensation for obesity?

You've been injured, saw a doctor, notified your employer, and filed a workers' compensation claim.

You're receiving benefit payments to cover your medical expenses and lost wages, but how long will they last? What if you can't return to work in a week, a month, a year? Will you still be covered?

You're going through your work day, lifting boxes and doing other chores. Suddenly, you feel a pain in your side, and there's a bulge in you abdomen or groin area.

You may have a hernia. Can you get workers' compensation for a hernia?

Prosecutors charged Bumble Bee Foods and two managers after a worker was cooked to death in an industrial oven along with six tons of tuna. Plant Operations Director Angel Rodriguez and former safety manager Saul Florez could face 3 years in prison and the Bumble Bee could pay $1.5 million in fines for violating workplace safety standards.

But what about the family of the man who died, Jose Melena? Does workers' compensation cover death in the workplace? Or will survivors need to file a wrongful death claim?

Construction is a hazardous job filled with perils that could cause illness, injuries, and even death.

According to OSHA, 20 percent of all workplace fatalities in 2013 occurred in construction. This equals 828 deaths. While there are many sources of construction site injuries, construction's Fatal Four accounts for over 57 percent of construction workers' deaths in 2013.

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.