Injuries on the job happen occasionally. When they occur, the injured victims might be entitled to workers’ compensation. At Joe Knows Law, we can help you determine if your on-the-job accident qualifies for compensation. Usually, there are certain requirements to receive benefits.
Your Employer Needs to Be Covered
State laws vary when it comes to workers’ compensation, and some employers are not required to have coverage. Most of the time, the type of business, number of employees, and the activities of the employees determine the coverage. The majority of businesses are usually required to carry policies. If your company does not have a policy, our attorneys can help you determine what your options are.
You Need to Be an Employee
There are a lot of different types of workers in today’s society. In order to qualify for compensation, you have to be an actual employee for the company. This means that you cannot work as an independent contractor, freelancer, or consultant. It is common for employers to misclassify people as independent contractors when they are really considered employees. If this happens to you, make sure to discuss your situation with our attorneys.
Also, it is important to understand that volunteers usually do not count as employees. Thus, they do not qualify for compensation benefits.
Work Related Injury
Finally, in order to receive workers’ compensation, the injury or illness you are experiencing must be related to something that happened during work. For example, if you have carpal tunnel because you are spending too much time on the computer at work, then you might qualify for certain benefits. In some cases, it can be difficult to determine whether or not the injury is work related. This is where legal help can be particularly beneficial.