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Alaska Workers' Compensation

Alaska Workers' Compensation

Alaska workers' compensation is administered by Alaska's Division of Workers' Compensation and provides benefits to Alaskan workers who are injured on the job or who suffer from an occupational illness.

Workers' compensation in Alaska can include paid medical care, wage loss benefits, vocational rehabilitation services and survivor benefits.

Work injury compensation has eliminated the right of most workers to file personal injury claims for work injuries, thereby eliminating the need for protracted legal battles for both the employer and the employee. The employee forfeits their rights to a higher potential judgment and the employer avoids having to prove they were not negligent for the worker's injury.

Hiring a Alaska Workers' Compensation Lawyer

Alaska employees have the right to hire an Alaskan work comp lawyer at any point in the workers' compensation process, but if the Alaska workplace injury is minor, or the employer is willing to provide sufficient compensation, an employment attorney may not be needed.

If however, employers are refusing to provide work compensation benefits or an employee has suffered discrimination or wage loss and has not been given the work comp benefits they need, an Alaska work comp attorney can help. Remember that your employer or the insurance company will most likely have a team of lawyers working for them.

Work Injuries Covered Under Alaskan Workers' Compensation

Most work injuries will be covered under Alaskan work comp. Common injuries which are generally covered, if they occur during the normal course of employment, can include any of the following:

  • Bone fractures
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Hernia
  • Torn Rotator Cuff
  • Torn Meniscus
  • Bulging disc
  • Stroke
  • Concussion
  • Asbestosis exposure
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • General Anxiety Disorder
  • Diseases caused by inhalation of chemicals or other toxins
  • Heart attack or strokes on the job
  • Back and neck injuries
  • Abrasions and burns
  • Amputations of arms or legs

If an employee is intoxicated when they are injured, attempting to injure themselves or others, is injured while committing an illegal action, knowingly fails to follow written safety instructions which are clearly posted, or fails to perform a statutory duty, they may have difficulty getting Alaska work injury compensation.

Employees who have been denied work comp benefits in Alaska should contact a workers' compensation lawyer for more information about whether or not their work injury is covered under Alaskan work comp law. Alaska employment lawyers may also be able to help an employee who has been injured by a third party product.

Types of Alaska Worker's Compensation Benefits

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