When you work nights or rotating shifts, your sleep can get out of whack. In some cases, these irregular hours can lead to a chronic condition called shift-work sleep disorder (SWSD). People with this condition experience a variety of symptoms, including excessive fatigue, insomnia, depression and an inability to concentrate.
If you are coping with SWSD, you understand how difficult this disorder can make both your personal and professional life. When SWSD prevents you from working, you may wonder if you qualify for help with your medical bills and lost income.
Here is what you need to know about SWSD and workers’ compensation in Massachusetts.
Can I claim workers’ comp for my shift-work sleep disorder?
All Massachusetts employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance, regardless of the number of employees they have. This means that, as an employee, you are likely eligible for benefits if a work-related injury or illness prevents you from working for at least five days.
Because SWSD is a chronic illness that can interfere with your ability to earn a living, you may be able to receive workers’ compensation for medical expenses and lost wages associated with this condition.
How long do I have to file a workers’ comp claim?
After an injury or illness, you have up to four years to file a claim with your employer or their insurer. You have an additional four years to appeal if your employer denies your claim.
SWSD can have a significant impact on your ability to provide for yourself and your family. Seeking compensation may help you get your life back on track.