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Do Workers’ Compensation Benefits Cover Sleep-Related Issues?


Workers’ compensation benefits account for a wide variety of conditions, ranging from broken bones that result from a one-time accident, to respiratory illnesses that arise from long-term exposure to chemicals in the workplace. There are many exceptions, but most injuries are covered by workers’ compensation as long as the victim can prove that the ailment was caused by their job.

One type of condition that is questionable in its qualification as a work-related ailment is sleep disorders. Any job can cause an employee to feel tired, but when the demands of an employee’s role cause issues that can be classified as disorders — such as insomnia or sleep apnea — they could qualify for workers’ compensation benefits.

Causes of Work-Related Sleep Disorders

Waking up early every day for work can certainly contribute to drowsiness, but the demands of some roles cause workers to develop sleep disorders. Although proving fault of a business isn’t necessary for recovering workers’ compensation benefits, employees who are subjected to unreasonable conditions that affect their sleep will have a stronger case.

Sleep disorders can be caused by work conditions such as:

  • Long hours
  • Working at night
  • Multiple shifts in one day, or minimal time off between shifts
  • Long commutes
  • Strenuous work

Effects of a Lack of Sleep

Insufficient sleep can contribute to a number of health problems and cause issues in everyday life. In relation to work, an employee who is not getting enough sleep will be less productive and more likely to make errors. In their personal life, they may be irritable, depressed, and unable to fully enjoy activities. Medically, sleep disorders can contribute to respiratory issues, a weakened immune system, and a host of other conditions that may require expensive treatment to address. Resolving a sleep disorder itself could involve medication, therapy, and medical devices like a CPAP machine.

Can Workers’ Compensation Benefits Help?

Like in any workers’ compensation claim, you will need to present evidence that your condition was caused by your job. Claims related to sleep disorders can be more complex than a typical workers’ compensation case, because there is not a physical injury to refer to. However, it is possible to recover benefits for sleep-related issues. Contact Belushin Law Firm, P.C. to discuss your case.

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