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Does workers’ comp cover infections?

On Behalf of | Jul 8, 2022 | Workers' Compensation |

If you get injured on the job, complications may extend beyond the initial injury. These complications can be very detrimental to your health and could also be very costly.

For example, perhaps you are a roofer and you fell and broke your arm. You went in to have the arm put in a cast and get other treatment, and you know that all of that should be covered. But then the injury site got infected, and doctors decided they needed to do another surgery to help. Would that infection then be covered by workers’ comp?

Coverage for ongoing care

You should still be covered for that infection and the costs that may come from it. After all, workers’ comp is supposed to pay for both medical bills and ongoing care, among other things. The surgery you need in the future, and the care that you need after it is still an ongoing situation resulting from your initial fall.

That is the key to getting workers’ comp for something like this. You simply have to show that the issues you’re suffering are related back to what happened on the job. If your medical team tells you that the only reason your arm is infected is because of the broken bone, then it is still related to the fall and you still deserve to have those bills paid for you.

Of course, this can sometimes get complicated. Maybe your employer doesn’t think that the two issues are related or maybe a lot of time has gone by between them. If you find yourself in a difficult situation, it’s important to understand your legal options