Workplaces are rife with all sorts of hazards that could result in a worker being forced to seek medical treatment, and perhaps lose wages for the inability to work. These dangers vary depending on the the type of industry and role of the worker.
For example, workers employed by big box retailer tasked with placing merchandise on a high shelf module, or “gondola” as they are called in the retail industry, could be at risk for being struck by heavy items falling. This could result in serious head injury, or perhaps a broken foot. Such an incident would likely result in workers’ compensation benefits.
However, it is important to keep in mind that these benefits are not only for workplace injuries, but also work-related illnesses. There are many examples of work related illnesses. In some cases, such as with workers at a hair or nail salon, the constant exposure to toxic chemicals can result in skin conditions and respiratory disease.
Although workplace illness is no less compensable than workplace injury, proving a claim may require more legal legwork.