Emotional & Psychological Work Related Injuries Are Harder To Prove In Workers Compensation Claims


Illinois Workers Compensation laws are in place to protect employees from dangerous job related conditions. Employees, before company liability insurance was required, could lose their job due to a work related injury. Company liability insurance will pay for medical related costs due to an injury.

Employees are assured against losing their job because of a work related injury. There are many ways an employee can be injured. An employee could slip and fall on her way to borrow a stapler from someone across the room or a construction worker could slip and fall from a ten foot scaffold.

Employees could be injured at a chemical plant if the production process goes awry and chemical gasses escape into the work place. A faulty piece of equipment or machinery could injure an employee who was unaware of the problem. These are only a few of the obvious types of injuries that can occur on the workplace.

Accidents involving slip and falls, chemical gas leaks, and malfunctioning machinery, are obvious types of incidents that can cause employee injury. But there are more subtle forms of injury that can happen to employees on the job. Repetitive motion injuries are common for workers who have to perform physical tasks hour after hour, day after day.

One of the most common repetitive motion injuries is carpal tunnel syndrome. Carpal tunnel is an injury to the hands, fingers, and wrists as is common in employees who have to use their hands repetitively. Most people when hearing carpal tunnel syndrome think of the injury plaguing the office worker who has to sit and type at a keyboard all day. But there are many other workers who have to use their hands at work who are susceptible to carpal tunnel syndrome.

The emergency medical technician who has to lift gurneys into ambulances all day can sustain carpal tunnel syndrome. Many women who work as emergency medical technicians are called to lift heavy patients onto gurneys and then lift the gurneys onto the transport vehicle and can suffer not only hand injury but back injury. The types of injuries employees are susceptible to are as varied as the types of jobs employees perform.

Workers compensation covers not only physical injury but also covers emotional injury. Some workers are subjected to mental stress on the job that can lead to emotional harm such as sleep or eating disorders suffered by the worker. Emotional injury is a more subtle injury than a physical injury and might be more difficult to prove. An attorney can help an employee who has suffered a less than obvious injury at work such as emotional harm due to a hostile work environment for instance.

An Illinois Workers Compensation lawyer can help employees who have injured at work receive the medical help and insurance payments the employee is entitled. There are many injuries that happen on the work place that are easy to prove such as slip and fall accidents. But there are other injuries such as emotional injury caused by stress on the job or in a hostile work environment that an employee can suffer.
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