What Are Consequential Injuries in a Workers’ Compensation Case?
So you’ve been hurt at work…maybe you hurt your knee or your hip. Because of the injury, you start to have other physical problems. You might have back pain or joint or muscle pain in your other leg because you are favoring the injured leg. You may experience depression because you’ve lived an active lifestyle and now find yourself stuck in a chair all day.
Any injury that develops as a consequence of a work-related injury is known as a “consequential injury” and may be compensable in a workers’ compensation proceeding. Unfortunately, many injured workers are unaware of this and often fail to report such injuries to their doctor. Accordingly, it’s important to understand that you need to tell your treating physician about any discomfort you have, anywhere in your body. It’s pretty typical that, when you injure a hand, wrist or shoulder on one side of the body, you start overusing the other hand, wrist and shoulder, and may end up with tendonitis or other injuries.
If you experience pain or discomfort in another part of your body as a consequence of a job-related accident, you can include that consequential injury as part of your workers’ compensation claim and can obtain benefits, as well as medical treatment, for the consequential injury.
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