Invisible work injuries may not be readily apparent, but they can seriously impact your health and your financial security.
There are certain types of on-the-job accidents and injuries that are obvious. Broken bones, severe cuts or lacerations, and burns are not only visible to others, but are also easily documented by your doctor. This tends to work in your favor in terms of filing a workers’ compensation claim . However, there are plenty of serious, potentially disabling, and even life-threatening conditions that are not so obvious. Known as invisible work injuries, these types of claims are generally harder to prove and require the help of an experienced Omaha workers’ compensation attorney.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS) , more than 26,000 workers in our state suffer on-the-job accidents, injuries, and illnesses each year. In addition to taking a toll on your health and resulting in costly medical expenses, these injuries may prevent you from working or performing certain tasks on your job now and in the years to come.
Workers’ compensation benefits act as a safety net in these situations, providing coverage of medical debts and reimbursing losses in earnings. However, getting your claim approved can be a challenge, particularly if your condition is not readily apparent or difficult to document. Known as ‘invisible’ injuries, these can have devastating impacts on both your professional and personal life. Common types of invisible injuries include:
Soft tissue injuries: These involve injuries such as muscle, tendon, or ligament strains, and tears, which can impact the back, neck, wrist, and knees, or other body parts. These often result from overuse or repetitive motion and can cause pain, inflammation, and limited mobility. Without proper rest, these can develop into a chronic condition.
Head injuries: Even a minor bump or blow to the head can result in traumatic brain injury (TBI), which can cause subtle changes in mood, cognitive thinking, and behavior. Head injuries can be difficult to diagnose by your doctor and the negative effects you suffer could be permanent.
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): If you suffered a serious accident at work or are routinely exposed to volatile or dangerous conditions, you may end up suffering symptoms associated with post traumatic stress as a result. These include sleep disturbances, increased anxiety, depression, and sudden bursts of anger. PTSD can impact you at home and on the job, and may require medical attention along with counseling.
Aggravation of pre-existing conditions: If you have a pre-existing condition, such as high blood pressure, heart disease, arthritis, or diabetes, your job may be making it worse. Heart attacks, strokes, and increased risk of injury are common for people with these conditions and may be covered by Nebraska Workers’ Compensation if your job was a factor.
If you suffer an injury or health condition that is job related, Andres Law Offices, PC LLO is here to help you get the benefits to which you are entitled to. Contact our Omaha workers’ compensation attorney and request a consultation to discuss your case.