Some work-related injuries show up immediately and in quite obvious ways. For example, everyone knew Jennifer’s broken bones happened after she fell from a scaffolding at her construction worksite. Jeffrey’s injuries were more difficult to understand. As a firefighter, he worked at scenes that would horrify most of us. At one particularly bad fire, though, Jeffrey witnesses several fellow firefighters and civilians die. The panic attacks, insomnia, and depression he suffered afterward could be considered post-traumatic stress disorder. Since he cannot work right now, is he eligible for workers’ compensation benefits? Let’s see what an Illinois workers’ comp attorney might advise.
Who Qualifies for Workers’ Compensation?
The vast majority of people working in Illinois are covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Also, Illinois law requires most employers to buy this insurance. Generally, independent contractors are not eligible for benefits, but employers misclassify some employees. In other words, your employer may say you are an independent contractor to keep you from getting benefits.
If you have been involved in an on-the-job accident or exposure to harmful substances, you may qualify. Contact an attorney before giving up these essential benefits.
Are All Injuries Covered, Including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder?
As long as you are not disqualified for some other reason, most work-related injuries are eligible for benefits. For example:
- Injuries suffered while at work or performing work for your employer’s benefit.
- Occupational diseases caused by work-related exposure.
- Accidents that occur out-of-state, but while you were working for an Illinois employer.
- Most pre-existing conditions that get worse because of your job.
However, there are some situations where injuries are not covered:
- When you hurt yourself on purpose.
- If you are injured while committing a serious crime.
- When you were engaging in horseplay at the time you were injured.
- Injuries suffered in the parking lot or during your commute.
Post-traumatic stress disorder caused by your employment could qualify under Illinois law. If you feel something at work caused your disorder, contact an experienced Illinois workers’ comp attorney immediately. You may be eligible for benefits and not know it.
Workers’ Compensation for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Related to Work
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