It is not uncommon for wear and tear injuries to develop slowly over time. There are some, of course, that will become obvious just over a couple of months, while others will take up to years to really come to fruition. Regardless of how long they take to show up, a variety of careers can cause an injury. Most often these careers are physical ones such as construction workers, machine operators, personal trainers, mechanics, and others. If your job is physically demanding at all, you are at a higher risk of developing a wear and tear injury. If you think you have sustained an injury or that you possibly could in the future at your place of work, continue reading below.
What are the most common wear and tear injuries?
While there are a number of wear and tear injuries that can occur while you are on the job, there are some that tend to occur more often than others. These include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Hearing loss
- Trigger finger
- Injuries to the shoulder or rotator cuff
- Meniscal lesions
- Degenerative bone disorders
You may also not be aware that wear and tear injuries can have a severe effect on the spinal cord. When there are disc abnormalities and other issues with the spine, it can cause a severe amount of back pain in workers who have become injured. Additionally, when you have to complete repetitive motions in your job, or you have a job that requires extreme stamina, arm or leg strength, it is possible for your bones and muscles to become weaker over time.
Workers’ Comp and Wear and Tear Injuries
Since wear and tear injuries take time to develop, it can often be hard to prove that your occupation caused them. While injuries that occur while you are on the job can be directly linked to a specific accident (things like broken bones or concussions), long term injuries aren’t as black and white. If you want your workers’ comp case to end in your favor, you’re going to need to have the right evidence to support your claim. This evidence is often medical records, employment history records, witness testimonies, and expert opinion reports.
The purpose of this evidence is that you need to be able to make a clear and solid connection between your injury and the job you complete on a daily basis. For example, if you spend all day, every day typing at a desk and you are then diagnosed with carpal tunnel, you have to show that your condition did not exist previous to you being employed at the company.
Seek The Help Of A Workers’ Comp Attorney
If you have a wear and tear injury and you want to move forward with a workers’ compensation claim, you’re going to need to help of an experienced and passionate lawyer. We can help you at The Monk Law Firm. Serving Atlanta and surrounding areas like Athens, Lawrenceville, Sandy Springs, Roswell and more, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond to get you to the result you desire. Contact us today for more information about how we can help you with your workers’ comp case.