Seeking Workers Comp for an Injury Sustained Over Time
Not all injuries are sustained in accidents. Sometimes, injuries develop over time because of overuse of a particular body part or prolonged stress on a joint or muscle group. These can happen for a variety of reasons, such as improper lifting and carrying techniques, a lack of appropriate physical support equipment, and a failure to address minor injuries and pain when they occur, allowing minor injuries to become much more serious, requiring extensive medical treatment to correct.
If you have suffered this type of injury because of the conditions present in your workplace, you are entitled to receive workers’ compensation for your injury-related expenses. Many workers are under the impression that workers’ compensation can only be sought after a traumatic accident, but this is not true. Workers’ compensation is available to any individual who is injured on the job.
Examples of Injuries That Can Occur Over Time
This type of injury is known as an overexertion injury. Overexertion injuries are actually the most commonly reported injuries in workers’ compensation claims filed in the United States.
A few examples of overexertion injuries that can occur in the workplace include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome due to working at a computer for prolonged periods of time;
- Back pain from lifting and carrying heavy objects;
- Muscle or joint pain from sitting or standing in an awkward position for a prolonged period of time; and
- Health problems due to exposure to toxic fumes or materials due to working in a poorly-ventilated space.
Different jobs put workers at risk for different injuries. For example, a warehouse worker is at a much higher risk of suffering from back pain than an office worker, but the office worker is at a higher risk of suffering from eye strain and carpal tunnel syndrome than the warehouse worker.
Treating Overexertion Injuries
Often, overexertion injuries can only be treated with rest. An injured worker may need to take time off work to simply rest the injured part, possibly treating it with hot or cold packs and pain medication.
In certain cases, anti-inflammatory medication is used to treat overexertion injuries. By reducing the inflammation in and around the affected part, the worker can feel relief from the pain of the injury. He or she may also undergo physical therapy to recover from the injury. In extreme cases, surgery or other extensive medical procedures are necessary to correct an overexertion injury.
Work with a New York Workers’ Compensation Lawyer
Do not be discouraged from filing a workers’ compensation claim because your injury was not sustained in a one-time accident. If your injury is due to the conditions present in your workplace, you are entitled to seek compensation for your injury-related expenses through a workers’ compensation claim. To learn more, speak with workers’ compensation lawyer Robert A. Koenigsberg at The Robert A. Koenigsberg Law Office. Contact our firm today to schedule your free legal consultation in our New York City office.