Just about everyone experiences a headache at some point or another. When a headache is a recurring symptom, it is often due to an underlying health issue. Sometimes, headaches are caused by toxins in the workplace. A chronic adverse health condition may constitute a workplace injury, which means a worker suffering from this condition can file a workers’ compensation claim.
Various factors may cause headaches in the workplace. It is advisable to seek medical attention for any headache that impedes the quality of life or the ability to work. Moreover, employers are required to maintain safe working environments.
Issues causing headaches that may compel a workers’ compensation claim
Here are some of the leading causes of headaches in the workplace:
- Chemical cleaners
- Poor air quality
- Poor lighting
Poor lighting is not a toxin but might fall under the category of ergonomics, which is the application of systems, equipment and ideas to maximize efficiency in the workplace. If someone must do a lot of reading or screenwork in a poorly lit area for eight or more hours each day, there can be adverse health implications, including headaches.
Filing a workers’ comp claim for a chronic headache condition
To be eligible for workers’ compensation, a Missouri worker must prove that their headaches were directly caused by toxins or other workplace issues. It is also possible to qualify for benefits if a different type of workplace injury, like a car accident or being hit with a heavy object, causes headaches. If a claim is denied, a worker can appeal the decision.