Workers’ compensation laws require that only injuries that “arise out of your work” qualify for compensation.
If you fall on the stairs and suffer a head or neck injury in the workplace, the consequences could be devastating. Your doctor may recommend long-term treatment requiring days off from work. This means that you may lose your earnings but have to continue paying your bills. Thankfully, medical expenses for work-related injuries can be recovered from workers’ compensation. You may also be entitled to financial compensation for your lost earnings.
Proving Your Injuries Were Caused by Your Employment
In order to receive compensation for work-related injuries, you need to be able to prove that you suffered the injuries while performing your duties at work. In some cases, it is not easy to prove that your injuries were caused by your employment. Workers’ compensation laws require that only injuries that “arise out of your work” qualify for compensation. In some situations, it is easy to prove that your injuries were caused by your employment, but there are other situations where it could be difficult to establish any direct relation between your injuries and your employment. In some cases, a thorough investigation of the incident may be required to determine the cause of the accident.
Determining the cause of a stair injury is often a complicated task. Unlike injuries caused by a machine, an injury caused by falling down the stairs is not a very simple and straightforward case. Only an experienced Missouri workers compensation lawyer can successfully deal with such work injury cases.
Determining Your Injury is Related to Employment
It is always a good idea to discuss your case with an expert lawyer to be absolutely sure about whether your injuries are directly related to your employment and whether you can claim compensation for the financial losses you suffered as a result of your injuries. If you suffer a stair injury while performing a task as part of your regular job, you are most likely to be entitled to compensation. For instance, some jobs are exposed to higher risk of a workplace stair injury. If you have suffered a stair injury while performing such a job, it will be easier to prove that your injuries are related to your employment.
When Stairways Increase Risk of Injury
When it comes to determining whether your stair injury was caused by your employment, the concept of risk plays a major role. You are more likely to receive compensation if your job increases your risk of suffering a work related stair injury. This means that if you were using the stairs for normal reasons or if the use of stairs could have been avoided, then your workplace injury case may not establish a strong ground for claiming compensation. If it is found, after a thorough review of the case, that your risk of sustaining a stair injury was not increased by your employment or work environment, it would be difficult to make a case in favor of your compensation claim.
Importance of Providing Details
Any evidence in favor of your claim for compensation can play a major role in building a strong case. You need to provide details about the accident so as to prove your point. Write down the details of the accident and how you got injured and the consequences you suffered after your injury. Provide all the details to your Missouri workplace injury attorney so that he can build a strong case in your favor.
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