What is workers’ compensation?
Workers’ compensation provides medical payments, lost wages, and permanent disability benefits for employees injured during work or, if eligible, before and after work.
What is your employer’s obligation?
It is your employer’s obligation to pay for necessary medical care for a work-related injury or infection. This includes emergency treatment and the doctor, specialist or doctor’s facility of your choice. Additionally, your employer will pay for any physical, mental and professional recovery programs needed to return to work.
What kind of occupation-related injuries are covered under workers’ compensation?
All sorts of injuries are covered under workers’ compensation, i.e.:
- Knee, shoulder, back, and neck
- Sight and hearing loss
- Heart attack
In addition, injuries obtained by repetitive use such as stress disorders and carpal tunnel syndrome; and prior conditions which are are aggravated by your current job might be covered.
What should you do if you are injured at work?
If you suspect you may have been injured, inform your employer immediately (orally or in written form), and seek medical attention immediately. You have the right to pick the specialist you want to see..