- Any physical injury on the job. This can include exposure to dust or toxins, hearing loss, and repetitive motion injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Preexisting conditions that are exacerbated by the workplace or job duties. For example, if you develop a back injury from the job later on in life, that injury is eligible.
- Injuries during breaks during work, lunch hours, or work-sponsored activities. For example, if a chair in the company cafeteria breaks while you’re sitting it in eating lunch, causing injury, it is eligible.
- Injuries that results due to work-related stress or increased job duties. These can include mental conditions, such as those brought upon by constant harassment from a supervisor. However, be warned that mental illnesses caused by anything other than an initial physical injury are typically excluded in workers’ comp cases.
Injuries that are NOT covered include the following:
- Self-inflicted injuries (e.g. fights)
- Injuries during the committing of a serious crime
- Injuries suffered while not on the job
- Injuries suffered when an employee was in violation of company policy
- Injuries suffered while intoxicated or under the influence of illegal substances
Fessenden Laumer & Deangelo Attorneys are workers’ compensation lawyers serving Olean, NY; Wellsville, NY; Dunkirk, NY; Jamestown, NY; Fredonia, NY; and Warren, PA. If you think you may have a workers’ compensation case against your employer or former employer, call our office to schedule a consultation today.