When most people think of workers’ compensation, they think of immediate, orthopedic injuries. Someone who fell off a ladder or was hit by a forklift at work is clearly eligible for workers’ compensation. Yet, what if you have worked hard at a job for years and are now in constant pain from your job duties?
You, too, may qualify for workers’ compensation.
To qualify, you need to show that you suffered an injury and that the injury was caused by your job. In other words, you can qualify if:
- Your desk job has caused your carpal tunnel
- Your knees are shot from years of climbing up and down ladders
- You have trouble breathing because you work around toxic chemicals/fumes
- You have orthopedic pain from years of manual labor
- You lost your hearing while working in a noisy office
- The stress of your job has caused a serious psychological injury
- Your known back injury has been aggravated by your job duties
- You have other injuries that have developed over years of hard work
These are all called cumulative trauma injuries and they are equally as valid under California workers’ compensation law as the immediate, obvious injuries caused by sudden trauma. The challenge is in proving that your job caused your injury. An attorney can help you compile the medical evidence and opinions you need to connect your pain to your job.
If you are experiencing pain that you believe was caused by years of hard work, do not hesitate to contact a lawyer and learn about your options for workers’ compensation. Most workers’ compensation attorneys handle claims on a contingency fee basis, which means you will not pay until you get compensation. It just makes sense, no matter what type of injury you have suffered.