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Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program

Not all people are covered by the same kind of workers' compensation. Some types of workers' compensation have different names or requirements. Take, for example, the Division of Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation. This specific division is there to help employees who suffer from illnesses as a result of working through and with the United States Division of Energy (DOE).

Toxic hazards: Where to learn more in your workplace

Toxic exposure can catch employees off guard. Many people don't realize that they're being exposed to hazardous materials. If they are, they could develop illnesses nearly immediately or over several years, making it hard to link the disease to toxins in the workplace.

An ombudsman could help, but an attorney may be better

When you're hurt on the job, you have an opportunity to file a workers' compensation claim. Opening a claim gives you the right to seek compensation for your injury as well as medical care. You can seek medical care through workers' compensation immediately following an accident, but you may have to wait a period of time before you can obtain compensation through the program.

You can fight your employer for a correct classification

It's possible as an employee to be misclassified as something you aren't. For instance, you may be classified as an independent contractor when you're actually working as an employee. While this doesn't seem very important, it actually is. If you're misclassified as the wrong kind of worker, you may be limited when it comes to workers' compensation and other benefits.

Irritant contact dermatitis is a common injury in the workplace

One of the most common skin diseases in workplaces is irritant contact dermatitis. This skin condition is usually a result of toxic exposure. For example, if you're exposed to chemicals, your skin could suffer a reaction and become irritated, eventually developing contact dermatitis.

Vocational rehabilitation helps you get back to work

After an injury, workers may think they won't be able to go back to work. The truth is that most workers can go through rehabilitation to obtain the training they need to get back on the job. Vocational rehabilitation is an important part of the workers' compensation program in your state. Its goal is to help you get back to working a job that supports you and your family.

Thinking of returning to work? Consider your health first

After a workplace injury, you may want to return to work as quickly as possible to avoid missing out on too much of your paycheck. While it's important to have an income, your safety is the first and foremost concern. Before you can return to work, you should consult with your authorized treating physician, insurance claims adjuster, attorney and employer to make sure you're right in going back now.

What should you know about workers' compensation in Tennessee?

No one expects to get hurt at work, but it's a sad truth that many employees are hurt on the job each day. If you are hurt on the job, it's vital that you know how to move forward with a claim. For instance, did you know that you need to let your employer know about your injury within 15 days of your injury or from the time your doctor informs you it's work-related?

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