Being pregnant means that you may have a higher risk of being injured at work. If you have a fairly active job, you may not be able to carry out your normal duties when you are pregnant. For example, if you are a construction worker, you should not be required to carry out any manual or high-risk work that could pose a risk to your health or the health of your baby.
Fortunately, as a pregnant person, you are protected from discrimination in the workplace. This means that you should never have to suffer in your career due to being pregnant. You also have the right to have your work duties reallocated so that you never have to engage in activities that put your health at risk.
What can I do if I was injured at work when pregnant?
If you were injured at work when you were pregnant and financial damages occurred as a result, you will have the right to claim workers’ compensation, just like any other worker. In addition, if you believe that your injury occurred because you were discriminated against as a pregnant worker or because there were unsafe conditions in the workplace, you should consider taking further legal action.
What challenges might I face when attempting to claim workers’ compensation?
In some situations, you may find that the injuries you suffered are similar to symptoms of pregnancy. For example, if you are suffering from a bad back that was caused by poor seating options in the office, your employer might try to argue that your condition was caused by your pregnancy, not your working conditions.
Hazards in the workplace that you should pay attention to
If your workplace is at risk of being exposed to toxins, there may be considerable risks for the health of your baby, especially in the early months of pregnancy. In addition, changes to your lung capacity during pregnancy could also impact your risk of suffering a workplace illness.
If you are suffering from an illness or injury as a pregnant worker, you must take action to claim workers’ compensation. If you are struggling to successfully claim workers’ compensation, consider appealing.