When most people think of Workers’ compensation they think about on-the-job accidents. These injuries might include slip and fall injuries, injuries related to equipment or machinery, or injuries sustained from being involved in a car crash while making a delivery for your boss. However, Workers’ compensation also covers occupational diseases and repetitive stress injuries.
Occupational diseases like lung disease may occur after long-term exposure to dangerous substances like silica or asbestos. Similarly, a loss of hearing from daily exposure to loud noises in your work environment may also qualify.
Repetitive injuries, on the other hand, can occur when workers perform the same task day in and out. Common repetitive stress injuries include carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as chronic back, shoulder, or knee problems that occur from many years of doing the same job. These chronic injuries can cause a lot of pain and prevent you from capably performing your job. No one is required to work in pain.
You Must Be Evaluated by an Authorized Doctor
Regardless of the type of injury you have suffered you must see a doctor who is authorized by the Workers’ Compensation Board to handle Workers’ Compensation cases. He or she will document how your injuries are work-related and will take care of filing the appropriate medical paperwork. We cannot stress enough how important it is to be honest with your medical provider about your symptoms and how the injury occurred. If your doctor does not have all of the details regarding the accident, he or she cannot treat your injuries properly. In addition, your medical records will become evidence in your Workers’ Compensation case. If you fail to disclose symptoms and later tell the doctor that you are having new pain, the insurance company may assume the new injuries and resulting symptoms were caused by an entirely different incident – one that is not work-related – or that the injuries are made up altogether.
Most important, if you suffer from any of the injuries we discussed above, including occupational diseases, repetitive injuries, or chronic back, knee or shoulder pain, when you go to the doctor, you should ask if these injuries could be, or if they are work related. If the answer is yes, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits.
Contact Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. Today
If you have been injured on-the-job, or have developed an occupational disease or repetitive injury due to your work, contact the offices of Schwartzapfel Lawyers, P.C. today. We can make sure that your claim is filed appropriately, counsel you as to the best course of action in your situation, and – if it comes to it – represent you in court. Contact us today by calling 1-888-575-6410 or by filling out our online contact form. We will fight for you!