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Determining Whether Your Injury / Illness Is Work-Related

If you are considering filing a worker’s compensation claim, you must be aware that you will have to prove that your injury or illness is work-related. Typically, work-related injuries or illnesses can be proven to correlate with work if an employee was doing something for the benefit of their employer and were injured or contracted an illness as they result.

To learn more about our workers’ compensation legal services in Miami, Florida call (800) 223-1866

You may be able to receive benefits as long as you can prove that your injury or illness was work-related and can meet other eligibility requirements. Continue reading to learn more about what situations are covered by worker’s compensation claims.

  1. Travel: If you are injured or contract an illness commuting to or from work, you are most likely not covered by workers’ compensation. However, if you are traveling for work on a business trip or are a traveling salesperson with no set work site, then injuries or illnesses you contract while working are likely to be covered by workers; compensation.
  2. Company Events: If you are attending a company event, including evens sponsored by your company and networking events, any injuries or illnesses sustained are usually covered by worker’s compensation.
  3. Misconduct: Injuries that stem from misconduct are usually covered under worker’s compensation. If you are injured or contract an illness while breaking a workplace safety rule or doing something that your employer has prohibited, your injurt or illness may be covered by workers’ compensation, depending on the level and extent of your misconduct, regardless of fault.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2009 there were 3.3 million reported cases of nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses. If you have been injured or acquired an illness on the job and to learn more about what other situations are covered by workers’ compensation, contact the Workers’ Compensation Center today (800) 223-1866. South Florida workers compensation and injury attorney Evan Hoffman and his fellow attorneys provide services to residents of South Florida, including residents of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.

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