When a person is injured at work, whether the injury is because of an accident or a progressive work-related condition, the person might opt to seek compensation for the injuries. One way that workers in Wisconsin might do this is by filing a claim for workers’ compensation coverage.
One of the primary factors regarding eligibility is your employment status. Some workers, such as domestic workers, seasonal workers, and independent contractors, aren’t usually covered by workers’ compensation coverage. If you are an employee of a company and have questions about your eligibility, you should seek out answers right away to ensure that you file your claims in accordance with the applicable laws and regulations.
In order to qualify for workers’ compensation, the injury must have happened while you were at work. There are a few exceptions to that rule. If the accident happened on company grounds while you were on break, it might qualify. If the accident occurred at a company event, especially if alcohol was provided during the event, the injury might qualify for workers’ compensation.
There are some instances in which a pre-existing condition might qualify for workers’ compensation coverage. If the work you were responsible for made the pre-existing condition worse, it might be compensable under workers’ compensation coverage.
It is important for you to explore all your options related to workers’ compensation and other forms of compensation for work-related injuries. Don’t wait until it is too late to learn about how you might be able to get help covering your medical bills and getting other types of financial benefits.
Source: FindLaw, “What Types of Injuries are Compensable Under Workers’ Compensation?,” accessed Oct. 15, 2015