Prescription Meds and Workplace Injury: Can I Still Get Workers’ Comp?

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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. Does it endanger your chances of getting compensation? These are common questions, and we’ll answer them.

I Was Injured At Work and 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 a doctor has prescribed your medication, you’re entitled to benefits if you were injured on the job. The prescription drugs 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. Your case may now involve workplace safety violations related to the use of prescription drugs. 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 Using My Medication Irresponsibly 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.

Questions About Workers’ Comp And Prescription Medication?

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 all kinds of workers’ compensation 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.

About the Author

When it comes to workers’ compensation cases, Randy Alberhasky has over 25 years of experience. During his legal career he has personally tried over 200 workers’ compensation hearings and jury trials in courts throughout the State of Missouri. Many people who have suffered from a workplace injury and illness are unaware of the legal action they can take to receive the financial compensation that they’re entitled to.  The Alberhasky Law Firm, P.C. is proud to help our clients receive the compensation they deserve.

About Randy

During his legal career he has personally tried over 200 workers’ compensation hearings and jury trials, has been counsel in over 50 cases before the Missouri Labor and Industrial Relations Commission, 35 cases in front of the Missouri Court of Appeals and 3 cases before the Missouri Supreme Court. Read More…

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