One of the most important parts of any case is the history of your injury that you provide to your doctor when you first see him or her.
If you were hurt during a specific incident, make sure to tell your doctor how you were hurt, when you were hurt, where the injury took place, and who else was present. Tell him about the pain and symptoms that you have been experiencing. Also be sure to describe in detail all of the body parts that you have injured. Even if one injury hurts more than the others, make sure to tell your doctor about every single injury.
If you have been hurt by repetitive-work activities, be specific about the number of movements that you make. For instance, tell your doctor about the number of times you lift or grip things in an hour, day, or week.
If you have been hurt by exposure at work, whether it is to a hot, humid environment, chemicals, or any other environmental condition, be specific when you tell your doctor about the pain and symptoms that you have due to that exposure.
If you leave work and become better, and then return to work and experience an increase in your symptoms, be specific when you tell your doctor about any changes in your condition.
It is important to be accurate and honest the first time that you seek treatment with your doctor, for both your health and your workers’ compensation claim.
Question: I was injured at work while violating a safety rule. Am I still covered under workers’ compensation?
Answer: Yes, probably
Even you were hurt while violating a safety rule, you are probably still covered by workers’ comp. This is true whether you violated the rule by accident or intentionally.
However, your claim may be denied if your employer can demonstrated that:
You have prior repeated violations of safety rules.
You have been disciplined in the past for a safety rule violation.
Even in this case, you may still be covered, depending on the circumstances. But let’s face it, nobody wants to get hurt, so follow the safety rules at all times to stay as safe as possible on the job!