Determining whether or not your injury should be covered by the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation can sometimes be tricky and confusing. At the Knisley Law Office, we will use our experience to help you navigate the BWC process so that you can obtain the benefits, compensation, and treatment you deserve.
Is Your Injury Work-Related?
If your injury is work-related then it is compensable. A work-related injury is one that happened while you were working and being paid by your employer. Employees are protected by Workers’ Compensation as long as the injury happened “in the course and scope of employment.” This means that an injury can still be work-related even if it occurred outside the workplace, such as driving to visit a customer or job site, and are involved in a motor vehicle accident. It is important to speak to an attorney about the specific circumstances surrounding your workplace injury, to determine if your injury is work-related.
What Types Of Injuries Are Covered?
Injuries that occur at work or due to work-related activities are covered by Workers’ Compensation. This includes injuries from a sudden traumatic event, such as a slip and fall or falling objects. This also includes injuries that have developed over time, such as carpal tunnel syndrome or an occupational disease that has developed due to repetitious motion or repeated exposure of harmful toxins.
What Types Of Injuries Are Not Covered?
An injury will not be compensable if it is deemed to be outside “the course and scope of employment.” This includes injuries sustained during your commute to work or injuries due to drug or alcohol use while at work. It is important to talk to an attorney to see if your injury is compensable.
Portsmouth Workplace Injury Benefits Lawyers
Contact us today and we can discuss whether or not your injury is work-related and what kind of benefits you may be entitled to.