Navigating Workers’ Compensation for Medical Conditions at Work
While often overlooked, injuries from seizures at work are not just a medical concern but also a legal one, falling under the purview of workers’ compensation. If an employee suffers a seizure at work due to a condition such as epilepsy, and the employee suffers an injury during the seizure such as by falling or striking an object, are the injuries compensable with workers’ compensation? Read on for a discussion of this tricky topic. If you have been injured at work in Southern California and need help getting workers’ compensation benefits, contact Ochoa & Calderón to speak with a skilled and knowledgeable Riverside workers’ compensation lawyer.
Understanding Workers’ Compensation
Workers’ compensation is a state-mandated insurance program providing benefits to employees who suffer job-related injuries or illnesses. In California, this system is designed to cover medical expenses, provide disability benefits, and compensate for lost wages, irrespective of fault. It’s a no-fault system, meaning that employees don’t need to prove their employer was at fault to receive benefits. This is particularly relevant for conditions like epilepsy, where the injury is not caused by a workplace hazard but occurs while on the job.
Medical Conditions Causing Workplace Injuries
Medical conditions, such as epileptic seizures that cause workplace injuries, generally fall under workers’ compensation. Epileptic seizures are sudden bursts of electrical activity in the brain, causing temporary disturbances in muscle control, behavior, sensation, or consciousness. If a seizure occurs during work hours and leads to an injury, it is generally covered by workers’ compensation. This includes injuries from falls, impacts, or other accidents resulting from the seizure. However, the key factor is that the seizure must be work-related, either occurring at the workplace or while performing work duties.
So long as the seizure and subsequent injury arose out of and in the course of employment, for example while the employee was on duty at their workstation, then the employee should be entitled to workers’ comp benefits for the injury. Employers and their insurance carriers, on the other hand, may try to argue that the seizure itself must be caused by something at work. If your claim is denied for a reason such as this, be sure to talk to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney who can evaluate your claim and fight any wrong or unfair denial of benefits.
Steps to Take Following a Medical-Related Injury at Work
Seek Immediate Medical Attention: Your health is paramount. Get medical help right away and ensure all treatments and diagnoses are well-documented.
Report the Injury: Notify your employer about the seizure and resulting injury as soon as possible. A delay in reporting can affect your claim.
Document Everything: Keep a record of your symptoms, the incident, and any related expenses. This documentation will be crucial for your claim.
Consult with a Workers’ Compensation Attorney: Navigating workers’ compensation claims can be challenging. Consulting with an experienced attorney can help ensure your rights are protected and you receive the full benefits you’re entitled to.
Legal Considerations and How Ochoa & Calderón Can Help
Every workers’ compensation case is unique, and those involving medical conditions like epilepsy can be particularly complex. At Ochoa & Calderón, we have the expertise to navigate these complexities. We’ll help you understand your rights, gather necessary evidence, and represent you in disputes or appeals. Our goal is to ensure you receive the appropriate medical care and compensation for your injuries.
Help With Workers’ Compensation Claims in Riverside and Southern California
Experiencing an epileptic seizure at work can be distressing, and if you suffered an injury in the process, you’ll need help with your medical expenses and wage replacement for any work time you miss, even though the claim process can be daunting. At Ochoa & Calderon, we are committed to guiding you through every step of your workers’ compensation claim. Our experienced team understands the challenges you face and is dedicated to fighting for your rights. Call us for a free consultation at 951-901-4444 in Riverside or 844-401-0750 throughout Southern California, and let us help you secure the support and compensation you deserve.