Workers’ Compensation and Prescription Medication
There are various factors that can affect a workers’ compensation claim. One of these factors is if you were on prescription medication when you were injured. What does it mean if this happens and does it endanger your chances of getting compensation? These are common questions and today in the Alberhasky Law Firm blog, we look to answer them.
I was Injured and I Take Prescription Medication, Can I Still Get Workers’ Compensation?
In short, yes. Although, like most workers’ compensation cases, it depends on a few additional factors. Most of the time, if you’re on a doctor’s prescribed regimen, you’re entitled to benefits if you were injured on the job. The medications shouldn’t have to be factored into the case.
For instance, if you take anxiety medication, it wouldn’t affect your ability to get workers’ compensation.
However, if your doctor advised you against working or using heavy machinery because you’re on prescription pain medications for a specific period of time, and you were injured while using the company forklift, your case becomes more complicated.
It’s best to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney in cases like these. They can help you through the complicated filing process for this type of injury, and help you appeal if necessary.
What if I Was Intoxicated While at Work?
Sometimes people who abuse their prescription medications get injured at work because of said abuse. Again, things can get pretty complicated with this kind of case. Is someone still entitled to workers’ compensation in this situation? Well, it depends. Prescription medication laws can be extremely complex, but they’re usually covered. You’ll need to consult with a workers’ compensation attorney to see if your case is worth pursuing.
Keep in mind, if the drug use was illegal and you didn’t have a prescription, you won’t be entitled to benefits. Workers’ comp laws weren’t made to protect you if you’re under the influence of illegal narcotics.
Contact an Attorney at Alberhasky Law Firm Today
If you’re planning on filing a workers’ compensation claim, don’t do it alone. Trust someone with legal experience to help you. At Alberhasky Law Firm, we deal with these cases all the time, so we know how to handle them no matter how complicated they might seem. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for more information and to set up an appointment with a member of our team. We’re happy to help you in any way we can.