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Workers’ Compensation: Self Injury on the Job

State workers' compensation systems are in place to ensure benefits for employees that have been injured on the job or "in the course of employment." And filing a claim can be difficult to navigate due to the vast number of ways employees can be injured in the workplace.

Many times we think of the common worker's compensation claim as resulting from a slip and fall or machine operation accident on the job, but the truth is that there are many instances where workers' compensation claims arise from self-injury.

Individuals who injure themselves on the job quite often find themselves eligible for workers' compensation benefits. And that is because by and large, from the employee's standpoint, the worker's comp system is a no-fault system.  Employees who are partially at fault, whether due to neglect or impairment have found claims granted nationwide.

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Workers’ Compenation: Occupational Illnesses

Occupational illnesses are illnesses directly related to the employee's work and work place conditions and are often covered by state worker's compensation systems. Many workplaces are simply ripe for specific illnesses and medical conditions and though they may not cause the condition, they do hasten or worsen its progress in the affected worker.

Take, for instance, stress-related illness. Workers with heart conditions, ulcers, hypertension and the like can suffer greatly in positions with higher than normal stress. Police officers and emergency personnel are presumed to experience much more stress in their positions than the average US worker and, as such, are often eligible for worker's compensation benefits when they suffer stress related illness.

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Workplace Injury – Asbestos Exposure

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 1.3 million people in the U.S. work every day in an environment  where they are regularly exposed to large amounts of asbestos.

For many years now asbestos (a known carcinogen) has been linked to the development of serious health problems, including lung cancer, colorectal and gastrointestinal cancer and mesothelioma. As such, OSHA, along with other workplace safety agencies, carefully monitor and regulate exposure to asbestos in the workplace. Regulations mandate that employers limit employees' risks for developing health problems as a result of exposure to significant levels of asbestos.

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