If you suffer an injury at work, you probably want to just put it behind you and get back to work so you can keep earning that paycheck. We understand this feeling, but if you try to just push through the injury and avoid filing for compensation, you may be ineligible for benefits down the road if the injury should get worse. Some people assume their injury will heal eventually and they’ll be back to full health, but this isn’t always the case. Certain injuries have a propensity to linger and cause years-long or even lifelong issues. We spotlight five such work injuries in today’s blog.
5 Injuries That May Not Go Away
If you suffer one of the following injuries on the job, make sure you report the injury and talk with a workers’ compensation lawyer like Dean Margolis, because problems can linger, and you’ll want to ensure you are fairly compensated for this burden.
1. Knee Injuries – Knee injuries are one of the most common joint injuries on the job, and they have a propensity to linger because of all the different things that could go wrong. You could suffer an injury to one of the four big ligaments that stabilize the knee, or you could end up with tendon or cartilage damage that could impact your ability to walk normally. Don’t just assume you’ll be able to walk these injuries off. Contact a lawyer if you suffer a knee injury at work.
2. Eye Injuries – Eye injuries are one of the more easily identifiable severe injuries because it affects your ability to see correctly. Whether a work injury results in you becoming partially blind or with blind spots in your vision, there’s no guarantee that you’ll regain your vision over time. Since vision is arguably the most important sense for a worker, you absolutely need to pursue aggressive compensation for eye injuries in the workplace.
3. Shoulder Injuries – Shoulder injuries may not seem all that serious, but similar to the knee, the shoulder involves a joint that if significantly injured, can leave you with a permanent partial disability. Shoulder injuries can make it impossible for workers to lift their arms over their head or carry more than a small amount of weight, and these injuries are notorious slow healers. It typically takes months for a shoulder injury to reach maximum healing, so don’t assume you’ll be able to get back to work after a couple days of rest.
4. Spine Injuries – Spine injuries have the potential to be catastrophic, but they also have a propensity to linger. Herniated or bulging discs tend to hang around and cause pain unless they are actively treated, so you’ll want to file for compensation and work on your rehab instead of powering through the work day. If you ignore the problem long enough, it’s only going to make it harder to make a full recovery. File for compensation for your spine or back injury.
5. Arthritis Injuries – Acute injuries aren’t the only type of injury that you can receive compensation for. Progressive, stress-related injuries that occur over time are also eligible for workers’ compensation. Since arthritis can only be managed and not reversed, you’re going to be dealing with symptoms for the rest of your life. Make sure that you pursue compensation to help offset this lifelong discomfort and hindrance to normal activities.
If you’ve suffered one of these injuries and need help filing for workers’ compensation in Minnesota, reach out to Margolis Law Firm today.
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