Many neck injuries that people suffer from may be directly or indirectly related to work. This begs the question of whether those with neck injuries that are believed to have transpired from the working environment should be entitled to workers' compensation.
This blog will give a brief overview on how the law stands on worker neck injuries, and when an employee might be entitled to compensation.
Must be proven to be work-related
The neck injury must be traced back to an activity that took place at work. If this is proven, the affected employee may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, medical expenses and other costs.
There are some situations that may or may not be covered by workers' compensation. These include work-related activities that took place outside of the traditional workplace, something that happened during an employment-related lunch break such as a client lunch or participating in activities that went against the workplace safety regulations.
Your employer must be covered
Many states make it obligatory for employers to take out insurance to cover workers' compensation for all full-time employees. However, contractors, undocumented workers or part-time employees may not be covered.
Making a claim
If you find that you are covered, there is a complex filing process that you must compete in order to gain compensation benefits.If you are having difficulties with the workers' compensation application process or if you are struggling to make a successful workers' compensation application, you may want to seek out legal guidance so that your case can be assessed.
Source: Find law, "Can I get workers' comp for neck pain?," accessed July 28, 2017