After you are injured on the job, you are likely to start to hear the word “no.” No, you can’t return to work; no, you cannot do any of your regular daily activities—and now you’ve just heard that no, your injury won’t be covered by workers’ compensation.
Unfortunately, some injured workers are so used to hearing “no” that they accept it without question—even when they should have rightfully received workers’ compensation coverage. Here are three conditions that are usually covered by workers’ compensation, but are often denied by employers:
- Preexisting conditions. If a preexisting condition caused your injury or you suffered a relapse of a previous injury, then your injury is most likely covered by workers' compensation.
- Mental conditions. Workers' compensation will cover the costs of job-related mental and emotional trauma, but proving that you suffer from these conditions can be difficult. Those who witnessed a coworker’s death may not have difficulty receiving benefits, but workers suffering from depression or extreme stress may have problems proving the extent of their suffering.
- Diseases or illnesses. Many workers who suffer from diseases and illnesses because of their daily employment are fully entitled to workers' compensation, but it can be difficult to prove that your condition was caused as a direct result of your job.
If you suffered one of these conditions, you will likely have to fight to get the compensation you deserve. New Jersey workers’ compensation attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you prove that your injury was caused by workplace events, getting you the payments you need for your medical bills and loss of income.
Call us today at (877) 360-0183 or download our FREE book, What the Injured Worker Needs to Know: Your Workers’ Comp Guide.