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What are some common myths about workers’ compensation?

On Behalf of | May 13, 2024 | Workers Compensation |

When going to work, you likely expect to have a normal day and to come home afterward. But workplace injuries are common and you may find yourself in a situation where you need to file for workers’ compensation benefits.

Workers’ compensation is a system designed to protect employees who suffer injuries or illnesses related to their jobs. However, there are several myths surrounding workers’ compensation that can lead to confusion and misinformation.

Myth 1: Workers’ compensation is only for serious injuries

One prevalent myth is that workers’ compensation benefits are only available for serious or catastrophic injuries. In reality, workers’ compensation covers a wide range of work-related injuries and illnesses, including sprains, strains, repetitive stress injuries and occupational diseases. Even minor injuries that require medical treatment or time off work may be eligible for benefits.

Myth 2: You cannot file a claim if you are at fault

Another misconception is that you cannot file a workers’ compensation claim if you are partially or fully at fault for the accident or injury. In most cases, workers’ compensation does not factor in fault. This means that no matter who was at fault for the incident, employees can receive benefits.

Myth 4: You will get fired for filing a claim

Fear of retaliation or termination is another common concern among workers considering filing a workers’ compensation claim. However, it is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for exercising their rights to file a claim. Employers who retaliate may be subject to legal consequences.

Myth 5: Workers’ compensation claims are lengthy and complex

While workers’ compensation claims can sometimes be complex, they do not necessarily involve lengthy legal battles or complicated procedures. In many cases, straightforward claims can be resolved quickly and efficiently, allowing injured workers to receive the benefits they need without unnecessary delays or complications.

If you sustained injuries on the job, let your employer know about the situation as soon as possible. Then, take steps to ensure you receive the workers’ compensation benefits you deserve.