Many workers are aware that they are entitled to benefits for work injuries if they get hurt in an accident on-the-job. However, this is not the only scenario in which workers compensation benefits should be provided to employees who suffer ill health because of their work tasks. In fact, some of the most common injuries that workers suffer don’t happen because of a sudden accident or single tragic incident but instead they occur because the body is damaged over time by doing work.
If you do your job and you develop a repetitive stress injury as a result of the work that you do, you should be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Unfortunately, it can sometimes be hard to get coverage for repetitive stress injuries. An experienced Atlanta workers’ compensation lawyer can provide invaluable assistance to employees who have carpal tunnel, tendonitis, bursitis, myofascial pain, or more than 100 different types of other repetitive stress injuries.
Getting Atlanta Workers’ Comp Benefits for a Repetitive Stress Injury
When you do the same motion repeatedly while performing your work tasks, you may find that the soft tissues in your body like your muscles, joints, and ligaments will eventually become worn down. You could also discover that you damage the soft tissues of your body by overexertion or by expending too much physical effort as you try to do your job. Over time, you can do significant damage to the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. The pain can be considerable, mobility limitations are common, and treatment can be just as costly or even more costly than medical care for acute injuries sustained in an accident.
Unfortunately, unlike an accident which happens on-the-job and which is reported right away, you may not know for months or even years that your body is being damaged by the work you do. This means that when you start to experience pain and when a doctor diagnoses you with a condition, it can be much harder to prove that your work tasks are the cause of your ill health.
When you are diagnosed with a repetitive stress injury that you believe is work related, it is important that you let your employer know right away both about the extent of the injury as well as about the fact you intend to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. You should obtain detailed medical records from your care provider and you should make sure that your medical records indicate the likely cause of your injuries are your job tasks. The more documentation you have and the more evidence you can assemble to prove your work caused you harm, the better your chances of making a successful workers’ compensation claim.
As long as you can show your repetitive stress injury happened due to your job, you should get full workers’ comp benefits. If your legitimate claim is denied, an attorney can help you to appeal to try to get the medical coverage, disability income, and other benefits that you deserve.
Parsons & Associates, P.C. is an Atlanta workers’ compensation law firm serving Atlanta, Savannah, and surrounding areas throughout Fulton County. Contact Parsons & Associates, P.C. today at 770-422-9000 or contact us online if you have been injured at work.