Are You Eligible to Receive Workers’ Comp?

Perhaps you have been injured or become ill as a result of a work-related activity. Perhaps you are just researching for future scenarios. Either way, it’s a wise idea to brush up on workers’ comp rules to know when to contact an injury lawyer.

How do you know if you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits?

The criteria are fairly simple and easy to remember.

  • You must be working for a boss or company that carries workers’ compensation insurance (or at least legally required to do so). Employers usually receive coverage by purchasing insurance or by self-insuring.
  • You must be an employee. Just because you are a worker, doesn’t make you an employee when it comes to workers’ compensation eligibility. Volunteers or independent contractors, for example, may not be entitled to workers’ comp.
  • Your incident must be related to work. If you were performing a task for your employer and were injured. As a result, you are eligible for compensation. Work-related examples include: injuring your back while lifting boxes at a warehouse, developing carpal tunnel syndrome from typing, or falling ill because of exposure to chemicals at the work site.

If you meet this criteria, it may be time to contact an injury lawyer.

Contact us to talk about your Idaho case.