If you have been injured while at work and you are well enough to be reading this blog post, perhaps you feel truly lucky. Perhaps co-workers of yours perished in the same accident that led to your injuries. Or perhaps you are simply aware that the injuries you have suffered could have been much, much worse if the circumstances surrounding your accident had been only a little bit different. Maybe you are indeed very lucky. But your “luck” should not minimize in any way the harm you have suffered.
If you have been injured or made ill due to your working conditions or a work-related accident, you likely qualify for workers’ compensation. In general, you need not be injured in a serious or debilitating way in order to qualify for these benefits. Certainly, you wouldn’t apply for benefits after sustaining a paper cut while trying to fix a copier. However, even relatively minor legitimate injuries requiring medical treatment may qualify you for these benefits.