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Which injuries qualify for workers' compensation?

On its surface, the workers' compensation system can seem fairly straight-forward: if you are injured on the job then you can be compensated for your medical expenses and lost wages. While this may be true to a certain extent, the matter is often much more complicated than that. Those who are left unaware of this fact can wind up having their claims denied. When this happens, an injured worker can face significant financial hardship as he or she tries to reclaim his or her health and get back to work. Therefore, it is crucially important that injured workers understand the workers' compensation system in its entirety.

One of the first steps in doing this is to learn which injuries are compensable under the workers' compensation system, as not all injuries qualify. The most obvious injuries are those physical ones that are caused by the strain of the job. Repetitive stress injuries, for example, will likely qualify for workers' compensation. Preexisting conditions may qualify, too, if it is aggravated or the condition deteriorates on account of one's work duties.

But those are not the only compensable injuries. Diseases that develop as a result of one's work, such as lung cancer in miners, can lead to the recovery of workers' compensation. Even injuries that are suffered during lunch breaks and employer-sponsored activities may qualify a victim for workers' compensation.

Although this may seem like it covers most, if not all, of the workplace injuries that could occur, there are a number of other injuries that give rise to denied claims. For example, injuries that are suffered while employees are engaging in horseplay may not be covered, and neither are harms that result when an employee is intoxicated. There are a number of other ways in which workers' compensation claims can be denied, which is why it could be beneficial to discuss these matters with a qualified legal professional before moving forward.

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