The Injuries You Should Be Focusing On
Overexertion is the most common cause of work injuries and workers’ compensation claims. It can become an issue in any kind of job, but some jobs have a higher risk, such as construction workers, delivery drivers, warehouse workers, sea-men, drywall installers and even office workers.
Overexertion occurs when your daily physical activity is beyond your capability or when you’re asked to do a job that you have not been properly trained to do. It is your body’s way of saying, “I can’t do it.” These types of injuries are generally caused by repetitive actions, such as lifting objects, throwing, pushing, pulling, and even typing, or sitting/working in uncomfortable positions. The most common injuries resulting from such actions are osteoarthritis and carpal tunnel syndrome. Other commonly affected areas are the back and the neck. The symptoms may be acute which includes fatigued muscles, frequent dizziness, weakness, stiffness in muscles, swelling, nausea, shortness of breath, tenderness, and more. But, even if your injuries seem to be minor, if unaddressed, they can worsen and leave you permanently unable to work. This means that not only would you be burdened with medical expenses, it may also have an impact on whether you can pay your bills if you are unable to work, which is a terrifying reality many employees face across the country.
So, what should you do if you believe you are injured? Many workers mistakenly believe that overexertion is their own fault and they may not be eligible for a workers’ compensation claim. However, if your injuries are a result of your job, which a doctor may determine upon examination, you are eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits.
The first step is to inform your manager or direct supervisor about your condition and discontinuing work. Then, contact a workers’ compensation attorney who can help you determine the best available option for you. The attorney may help you select from the list of healthcare providers at your organization who may treat you without any cost to you or suggest alternative ways in which you can fully understand and exercise your rights in your best interests. Remember, if you choose to file a claim it is not against your employer, but against insurance company. Your company does not suffer if you choose to pursue a case. The time limit to file a workers’ compensation claim is either two years from your last payment or three years from the date your injury is reported, which means that if you do not file a claim within that time period you may never be able to file a claim and receive the benefits you are entitled to.
If you have been injured at work, please call us at 888.442.6637 for a free case evaluation, we can help you explore your options and arrive at a decision that is best for you.
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