Workers compensation law is a veritable maze of questions, answers, and grey areas. Unfortunately, that also means that a lot of myths have been created when it comes to this particularly complex subject.

Fortunately, workers comp lawyers often have the right answers covered for you. However, in case you’re curious now, here are a few common myths that you should be aware of.

Myth: You Can Only File a Claim if the Injury Was Your Employer’s Fault
This one, fortunately, is false. Workers compensation works much differently than personal injury law. If you were injured in the workplace or while performing a task that was work-related, your employer must pay workers compensation benefits. The injury might have been the result of another employee or your employer; it might even have been your own fault. But as long as it occurred on the premises or was related to your job, you can file for workers compensation.

Myth: A Worker is Always Entitled to Workers Compensation
While it is true that the majority of injuries on the job are covered by workers compensation, there are situations in which a worker cannot file. If an injury was caused because an employee was knowingly and willfully negligent — for example, if they were using illegal substances on the job — those injuries are not covered under workers compensation.

Myth: Most Claims Are Fraudulent
Some employers would like to make it seem as though their employees are simply trying to scam them out of good money, but the truth is that the vast majority of workers compensation claims are completely valid. In fact, 917,100 job-related injuries and illnesses resulted in multiple days of missed work just a few years ago. The fact is that only 1-2% of workers comp claims are actually false.

Although it may seem like there’s a lot of grey area to be covered, your company’s workers compensation information should cover most of it. That information is especially important if you’re in a high-risk field such as nursing assistance or construction. If you still have questions, you should contact workers compensation lawyers to find more detailed answers.