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Your job may be full of hazards, such as heavy boxes and dangerous machinery. However, did you ever expect the hazard to come from that tasty hamburger you had at the company cafeteria?
Food poisoning doesn't just hurt your stomach. It can hurt your wallet when you have to miss work and pay to see the doctor.
So, if you get food poisoning at work, can you get workers' compensation?
To get workers' comp, an injury must be work related, caused during the course of employment. If you can show that the food poisoning was work related, then yes, you can get workers' compensation
However, it's extremely hard to prove. It is easy to show that your back sprain was a result of your duties restocking shelves. Showing that the food poisoning was caused by your work is a whole other matter. Your food poisoning may be work related if:
If you believe that you have a work related injury, you should immediately see a doctor, get your injury diagnosed, and get treated. Documentation from your doctor will help you prove your claim for workers' comp later on.
As soon as you've suffered the injury, don't forget to notify your employer of the injury. Some states only allow you a short time to notify your employer before you lose your right to make a claim.
Once you've notified your employer, you should receive forms to fill out to make a claim for workers' compensation. In some states, you have as little as one year after an injury to file a claim.
If you've suffered work related food poisoning, and need help making a claim, an experienced workers' compensation attorney will be able to help.
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.
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