A work-related injury is an injury that is caused by the work that a person does. To qualify as a work-related injury, an injury usually must occur while a person is at work and be directly related to what they do for their occupation. If an injury occurs while a person is at work but is unrelated to what they do — and, therefore, not caused by the work they do — the injury may not be considered work-related.
Work-related injuries are often physical injuries, but they don’t have to be. Illnesses and psychological injuries that are caused by a person’s work may also qualify as work-related injuries.
Anyone who suffers a work-related injury should report it to their employer as soon as possible. To qualify for worker’s compensation, an injury must be promptly and accurately reported. A person may need to tell their immediate supervisor, a human resources representative or someone else in the company.
Employees should also immediately seek any appropriate medical attention. A medical evaluation shouldn’t be delayed until the injury has been approved as a work-related injury. To ensure the best possible recovery possible, it’s important to quickly get treatment. Depending on the nature and severity of the injury, it may be appropriate to make an appointment with a doctor or it might be necessary to call an ambulance and go to the emergency room.
Anyone who is employed, including self-employed individuals, can suffer a work-related injury. Injuries happen in high-risk and physical fields, as well as in low-risk and sedentary fields. A carpenter might be at risk of accidentally hitting his thumb with a hammer, and a typist may be at risk of developing carpal tunnel syndrome. Both of these could be considered work-related injuries.
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