There are many different kinds of at-work injuries that qualify for worker’s compensation. As a reminder, if you are injured on the job, you qualify for worker’s compensation. If your injury occurred while you were doing your job, then you can receive worker’s compensation. At our workers compensation lawyer Los Angeles site, we have many different listings of types of injuries. We’re often asked questions about “psychiatric” and “orthopedic” injuries.
Workers Compensation Lawyer Los Angeles Explains Psychiatric Injuries
It’s important to note that psychiatric injuries are real injuries. They aren’t something to be ignored. These injuries can cause pain, just as any kind of physical injury might. As you can imagine, it’s not always that easy to receive compensation for these injuries. Should you believe that you’ve suffered some kind of psychiatric injury through the course of doing your job, then you want to turn to us. We have a proven track record of helping others to receive compensation for psychiatric injuries.
One question we often get is: “how will I know that you have a psychiatric injury?” Well, it will manifest itself in certain ways. For example, you may experience a lasting, deep depression. You could have panic attacks that make it impossible for you to work or function. In some of the most extreme, severe cases, we’ve had clients who even developed post-traumatic stress disorder. When you suffer these kinds of injuries, it’s not worth it to wait around and worry. With a workers compensation lawyer Los Angeles by your side, we can get you the compensation that you deserve.
Psychiatric Injury Facts
At our site, you can read some of the requirements to receive a worker’s compensation claim for psychiatric work injuries in the state: you have to have been an employee of the company for at least six months; you have to have been diagnosed with a mental condition that causes the disability and need for medical treatment. On top of that, you have to be able to prove that the injuries were “more likely than not” caused by working. When you hear “more likely than not,” think “51%.” We have to be able to prove that the working conditions were 51% percent responsible, although that does go down to 35% should you be a victim of violence on account of your job.
On top of that, it’s important to note that these psychiatric injuries can’t be a result of good faith, non-discriminatory personnel actions. That may sound a bit confusing but think of it like this: you can’t file for a psychiatric work injury if your supervisors criticize you not showing up for work on time, or even if you show up at all. The same goes for being upset that you didn’t get a promotion you’d’ been hoping for, or if you’ve been denied a raise. When an employer criticizes your work and you don’t like it, that fails to qualify for a psychiatric work injury worker’s compensation claim.
Now, if the above happened in such a way that was in bad faith or was discriminatory, then you might have some kind of case. As you’ve probably realized by reading to this part of the blog, psychiatric work injury cases can be rather complicated. It’s the kind of delicate procedure that requires the expertise of a professional. That’s why we recommend that, if you have any idea that you might have suffered a psychiatric injury at work, you should contact us. As our consultations are free, you literally have nothing to lose.
Also, you can’t file for worker’s compensation due to a psychiatric injury that occurred as a result of the litigation process. So, as stressful and difficult as the litigation process can be, you can’t file for worker’s compensation due to how it makes you feel.
These are work injuries to your musculoskeletal system. Affecting muscle and bone structure, these injuries can make it extremely difficult (if not impossible) to do your job. Back injuries, knee injuries, broken bones or ligaments and more – those are just a few of the kinds of orthopedic injuries. They can also include hand injuries, wrist injuries and what are called “repetitive stress injuries.”
Those are injuries that happen when someone has to do the same job over and over again. They occur when someone works harder than their body’s ability to repair the broken muscle tissue. Should you perform a repetitive task that causes stress on your body over and over again for a long period of time, you can develop these kinds of injuries. They can occur in all kinds of workplaces. For example, the most common type of these repetitive stress injuries is Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
This injury often occurs in those who spend all day typing and working. As there’s so much pressure on your median nerve, it can be difficult to type or do anything. As the median nerve is compressed or otherwise squeezed, it causes numbness, tingling or even great pain. However, it’s far from the only kind of repetitive stress injury that you can file for an orthopedic injury workers’ compensation claim for.
“De Quervain Syndrome” is a kind of inflammation that makes it impossible to make a fist or even to move your wrists at all. When significant pressure is applied to your wrist, it can severely impact the tendons on your thumbs. You may have heard of this syndrome through its other names, which can give you a good idea as to the kinds of problems it can lead to BlackBerry thumb, texting thumb, gamer’s thumb and so forth. If you have to use your thumbs constantly in the course of your day, it could cause problems here.
If you’ve experienced weakness in your hands, or significant pain in your forearm from working all of the time, this could be a result of Cubital Tunnel Syndrome. Also called “ulnar neuropathy” occurs when there’s lots of pressure to the ulnar nerve, which is basically what’s called your “funny bone.” If your job leaves you leaning on your elbow all the time, particularly on hard surfaces, then you could eventually suffer from this kind of injury. It may start as numbness or even slight pain in your elbow, but it rarely ends there. Eventually, it can weaken your grip, make it almost impossible to pinch your thumb and little finger, and eventually even deform your hand.
When Injuries Occur at Work
Those are a few of the repetitive stress injuries that can occur. It’s important to note that they’re far from the only ones. When people hear “orthopedic injury,” they tend to think of someone that works in a traditionally dangerous workplace: someone who’s a logger or works on a construction site. However, each of the above injuries could occur at even the comfiest, most modern day office. These injuries are becoming more common as more people spend their days working with technology and computers.
These kinds of injuries can’t just be healed in a day. You can’t just be given a shot for them and then sent back out to do your job tomorrow. In fact, you might need weeks to months of rehab, medicine and more. That’s just to get you healed, not to get you back to the point where you can do your job to the best of your ability. When you’ve suffered one of these injuries at work, you deserve to have a law firm on your side that’s handled these kinds of cases before. That’s where we come in.
If you believe that you’ve suffered an orthopedic or psychiatric injury at work, contact us for a free consultation. We’ll look over anything you have, talk to you and figure out how best to help. For more, give us a call at (818) 975-3080.