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What Injuries Does Workers' Comp Cover?

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In New York, employers must carry workers' compensation insurance, which pays for employees' medical expenses and lost wages if they suffer an injury at work. It may surprise you to learn about the types of injuries that workers' compensation can cover. It doesn't have to be an obvious work accident, fall or physical injury.

Workers' compensation can even cover injuries that occur during your break time or outside of work at a work-sponsored event.

Below are the types of injuries covered by workers' compensation. Our aggressive lawyers at The Law Offices of Lee S. Braunstein, P.C., serving Nassau County, Long Island and New York City, New York, can help you navigate the often-complicated claims process.

Pre-existing Conditions Or Previous Injuries

Workers' compensation can cover a condition or injury you had before you started as an employee at your current workplace that was aggravated, made worse or injured again by the type of work you do. This is also known as aggravation of a pre-existing condition.

For these types of claims, it is wise to consult with an attorney right away since the claim will ask for details such as date of original injury or diagnosis, and any small error could put you in a situation where the insurance company denies your claim and you lose benefits.

Psychiatric Conditions Such As Depression or Anxiety

Sometimes, the stress and hardship that comes with recovering from a work injury can add depression or other mental health concerns. The Law Offices of Lee S. Braunstein, P.C., can help you get workers' compensation to cover psychiatric medications, therapy or counseling.

The demands of your job or increased work duties can cause mental strain. If you develop a mental health condition due to the demands of your job, and you feel the condition is leaving you unable to continue working, or is disabling you, you may be able to receive workers' compensation benefits for psychiatric illness due to your work.

Diseases Contracted Through Exposure At Work

If your normal work environment includes toxins or chemicals that can cause diseases like cancer, those diseases are covered under workers' compensation. Workers' compensation can cover any diseases caused by normal work conditions, including hearing loss.

Repetitive Stress Injuries

Repetitive stress injuries, also known as repetitive strain injuries happen through any repetitive motions that cause strain in parts of your body. For example, typing all day and developing carpal tunnel syndrome is a type of repetitive stress injury. Other ways these injuries happen can include clicking a mouse repetitively, holding a phone against your shoulder for long periods or repeatedly carrying heavy or oddly shaped objects.

Get An Experienced Attorney By Your Side Today

Since it's not always clear what workers' compensation insurance considers a "work injury," it helps to have an attorney by your side to stand up for your rights to receive workers' compensation benefits. Our no-fee promise makes it easy to consult with an attorney immediately. Call our office in Westbury today at 516-240-9038, or visit our contact page.