Defenses to a Workers’ Compensation Claim

Generally speaking, workers’ compensation covers most onthe-
job injuries. The system is intended to provide benefits to
injured workers even if an injury is caused by the employer’s or
employee’s carelessness. However, there are some limits. For
instance, injuries that occur because an employee is intoxicated
or using illegal drugs are not covered by workers’ compensation.
Coverage may also be denied in cases where the injuries are
self-inflicted, when they were suffered while the employee was
in commission of a crime, or the injuries were suffered while
the employee was engaged in “horseplay”. As you can see,
there are circumstances under which the employer can contest
benefits. If you need help with a workers’ compensation claim,
contact an attorney.