A work-related injury is an illness or injury that was caused by exposures or events in the workplace. Injuries at work occur on the job and are the direct result of tasks of a specific job. Workplace injuries or illnesses are usually physical, but psychological injuries may also occur.
Employees who have sustained a work-related injury may be compensated by their employer for lost wages and medical bills. Most employers are required by state and federal laws to provide worker’s compensation insurance, which will help employees recover from their workplace injury or illness. Some types of occupations such as independent contractors are not covered by workers’ compensation laws and in some cases, these employees may be eligible to sue employers for workplace injuries caused by violations of safety regulations.