There are some types of workplace injuries that call for immediate medical attention. For example, you'll never think twice about seeing a doctor if you've been knocked unconscious and have concerns about a brain injury.
Conversely, there are times when people suffer what they consider to be a minor injury. These are often associated with the knees or shoulders. While you may think you can recover quickly with rest, this is not always the case.
There are many types of knee and shoulder injuries, all of which can hinder your ability to do your job. For example, a torn ACL is serious. Not only does this require surgery in most cases, but the rehabilitation process can take many months. As a result, you may not be able to work as expected.
If you suffer any type of knee or shoulder injury on the job, even if it first appears to be minor, don't hesitate to seek immediate medical attention. By taking this approach, you can fully understand the extent of your injury and the type of treatment you'll require in the future.
At our law firm, we know that knee and shoulder injuries can lead to a situation in which you're unable to work for an extended period of time. We also know that it can be a challenge to receive workers' compensation benefits for this type of injury.
If you find yourself in this position, your health should always come first. Once treated, if you're unable to return to work, it's time to learn more about the workers' compensation system.