Workers’ Compensation and Joint Injuries
Regardless of where you work, from office to warehouse to manufacturing or construction, joint injuries are a fairly common occurrence. They may stem from a traumatic accident—a fall or a falling object. They can also result from repetitive stress or motion. Unfortunately, joint injuries can be some of the most debilitating, often making it difficult to work at all. When a work-related injury causes joint pain and you cannot work, you have a right to seek workers’ compensation benefits for any time lost, as well as reimbursement for any medical expenses incurred.
To be eligible for workers’ compensation payments, you must demonstrate that you were injured and that the injury is work-related. With joint injuries, that can often be a challenge, particularly when the injuries develop over a period of time. As a result, it’s not unusual to have your claim initially rejected, even when the facts seem pretty clear. Your best course of action—hire an experienced workers’ compensation as soon as possible, so that you minimize the risk that your claim will be denied or delayed.
Under New York’s workers’ compensation laws, you can seek benefits for any type of joint injury, including shoulders, hips, elbows, knees, wrists, ankles, fingers and toes. Benefits are also available for neck, spinal cord, back and jaw injuries.
Filing for Workers’ Compensation Benefits for a Joint Injury
When you have suffered a joint injury at work, you need to notify your employer as soon as possible. You should also seek medical care immediately. The longer you delay in seeking treatment, the greater the risk that your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance company will allege that your injuries were caused by some intervening event, or that they were not as serious as you claim.
Typically, once you file a workers’ compensation claim, you will be asked to submit to an “independent medical examination,” by a doctor chosen by your employer or the workers’ compensation insurance company. You must undergo the examination, but you can still seek treatment from your own physician. You have a right to have the exam videotaped, and can decline the examination if the doctor refuses.
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At Pyrros & Serres LLP, we handle all matters related to workers’ compensation and Social Security disability claims for people in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx and across the greater New York City metropolitan area. Because of our reputation for effective advocacy, many of our new clients come to us as referrals from clients and other lawyers.
To learn more about the full scope of our practice, see our workers compensation joint injuries overview page.
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