If you are injured on the job, even if it is your own fault, you have the right to be treated and compensated for the injuries. Each state has their own set of rules but they all provide protection for you, the injured employee. The injury must occur within the course and scope of your job and should be reported to the employer as quickly as possible.
All types of injuries are covered: Accidents, injuries to joints because of work activities, aggravation of a pre-existing problem, allergies and sensitivities to the work place, in some states psychological issues are included, the list is almost endless.
You may use your own Doctor for treatment if care is not provided. If during the time of treatment you’ re unable to work, you are entitled to be paid a weekly amount. Usually this comes from an insurance company that most employers are required by law to have.
After treatment if you are basically healed, you have the right to be given your old job back. If it turns out that because of the injury you can no longer do the same physical activities, you have a right to be compensated with money because your earning capacity has been diminished. Typically, an Attorney is required to insure your best interest.