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What qualifies an injury as work related?

| Apr 7, 2021 | Workers' Compensation |

Injuries qualify as work-related if the activities performed in the workplace contributed to the injury or if it aggravated an existing injury in Minnesota. Injuries can include straining your back while lifting heavy items on the job or getting a limb caught in the machinery or equipment you’re operating. It’s also work-related if you slip on a floor in the workplace or are hit by someone driving in a car while operating a work vehicle.

Any injuries that occur at work parties or events are also considered to be work-related. All types of work-related injuries that are related to your job can be covered by workers’ comp after filing a claim.

How to avoid work-related injuries

If you want to avoid getting injured as you work, it’s important to wear the proper shoes with traction to reduce the risk of slips and falls. It’s also necessary to wear proper gear to protect yourself, which includes gloves, eyewear, and protective clothing.

As an employee, it’s also crucial to receive proper training in operating the different types of equipment. Learning how to handle chemicals in the space is also necessary. You can also scan the site before you begin working to look for any hazards that may be present to avoid getting injured and filing for workers’ comp.

Who can you contact for legal assistance?

If you suffer a work-related injury, it’s important to hire an attorney who can help you to seek the necessary compensation. The compensation you seek can cover your medical bills, lost wages, and even emotional trauma. The legal professional will inform you of your rights and can assist you in navigating the legal process. The attorney can even work directly with the employer or insurance company in an attempt to settle outside of court to make it a more efficient process.

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