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?
Injuries Outside of Work
In some circumstances, an injury occurring outside of work and not during work hours can be considered work related. These include:
For these types of injuries, you need to show that your employer received some sort of benefit from your away-from-work actions for the injury to be work-related.
Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can be covered under workers' compensation if you can show that it is work related. Depression and PTSD can be work related if it was:
Injuries Developed Over Time
Many people may think that wrist injuries such as carpal tunnel are not covered by workers' comp. Maybe you had wrist problems all your life. However, like depression and PTSD, if you can show that your duties at work caused your carpal tunnel symptoms to worsen, you could still qualify for workers' comp.
The best way to show this is to get a doctor's evaluation. Doctors can often recognize common causes for repetitive stress injuries and help you prove causation between your work duties and your injury.
If you suffered an injury and need help proving that it is work-related, an experienced workers' compensation attorney may be able to help.