There are some kinds of injuries which are very easy to show were work related. For example, you are stepping down from a rig and you twist your ankle and break it. Very clearly work related.
Other kinds of injuries just sneak up you. You begin having problems that aren’t too bad at first, but get worse and worse over time. These are often referred to as repetitive trauma injuries. They are the net effect of having just gotten beaten up physically at work for days and weeks and months and years. Carpal tunnel syndrome is a common example of a repetitive trauma injury.
Repetitive trauma injuries can be covered by worker’s compensation IF it can be shown to be caused by your job. That is often the key issue in the case because with many conditions that are caused by repetitive trauma, there is a long list of other, non-work related things that could cause those to. You can be that the insurance company knows all of those potential other causes and will have skilled lawyers and shady medical experts trying to sell that as being the cause of your problems.
This is not to say that a repetitive trauma worker’s compensation case cannot be won, but they are much harder to win without the help of a skilled worker’s compensation lawyer who can help bring out exactly what you do for a living and how your occupation exposed you in a very particular way, day in and day out, to repetitive traumas that caused your problems.
If you have a current worker’s compensation issue which you need help on, please feel free to call our office to discuss your issues and what options you have. There is no obligation to hire our law firm, and there is no charge for the call.
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