A work-related injury is an injury that is caused by one’s work tasks or that results from the performance of their described job duties. Work injuries can include injuries that happen over a long period of time, or injuries that result from one incident. These can include injuries such as:
- Occupational diseases (such as those resulting from exposure to toxic materials)
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Occupational stress
- Respiratory illnesses
- Lower back injuries (from heavy lifting or straining)
In addition, some work-related injuries such as occupational stress may involve psychological or emotional injury. These can often be the subject of a claim, although the claimant is more likely to succeed if they also have physical manifestations of injury that were caused by the psychological factors.
In most cases, work-related injuries are remedied through an insurance claim or through worker’s compensation mechanisms. Also, many companies will specifically address work-related injuries in the employment contract that is created between the employer and employee during the initial hiring phase.
However, in the event that these avenues for compensation aren’t satisfactory, it may become necessary to file a lawsuit. This may result in a damages award that can help the plaintiff to recover various losses, including medical bills, hospital costs, and costs associated with rehabilitation. It may also allow them to recover related damages such as lost wages or a loss of a job position. This all depends on the individual facts of each case.
Filing a claim for a work-related injury can often involve many different forms and documents. It may become necessary to consult with an employment lawyer for professional assistance with your injury case. A qualified lawyer can explain what types of options are available to you, and how you can obtain a legal remedy for your injury.