No one goes to work thinking they will suffer an injury that day. However, many workers in Texas and elsewhere are faced with workplace hazards. Additionally, a workplace injury could occur in any work environment. One does not need to be working in an inherently dangerous industry to suffer a work-related injury, as these injuries could occur in office settings as well.
When a workplace injury does occur, an injured employee should take the time to understand what rights they have. In other words, who is responsible for a workplace injury and is the injury, in fact, work-related?
Filing for workers' compensation is a common step for an injured worker to take; however, they must be eligible for these benefits to receive them. This means that the injury must have occurred while the worker was completing their work duties or a task on behalf of their employer. It should be noted that even when an employee is disregarding workplace safety rules at the time of their injury, they may still be able to recover workers' comp.
When determining whether an injury was work-related or not, there are a few situations one should consider. If an injury occurred during a lunch break, it could be covered if it happened at a company cafeteria. If alcohol contributed to an injury, it could still be considered work-related if it occurred at a work sponsored event, such as a holiday party.
It is also important to note that preexisting conditions that have worsened on the job are considered work-related. Finally, mental conditions are treated the same as physical injuries, so long as they happened as a result of one's job.
A workplace injury could seriously impact a worker's life. Thus, it is vital to explore one's options, such as filing for workers' comp. These benefits can be necessary, as they can help address medical bills, lost wages and other related damages.