Wear and tear injuries often develop over time. While some may become apparent in a matter of months, others take years or even decades to show symptoms. A variety of jobs may cause wear and tear injuries. Construction workers, movers, nurses, machine operators, gardeners, personal trainers, mechanics, and other employees in demanding physical jobs are at high risk for developing wear and tear injuries due to the strenuous requirements of their occupations.
Common wear and tear injuries include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Trigger finger
- Hearing loss
- Rotator cuff and shoulder injuries
- Meniscal lesions
- Degenerative bone disorders
- Labral issues in the shoulder
Wear and tear injuries can also affect the spinal cord. Operated and unoperated disc abnormalities and other spinal problems can cause severe back pain in injured workers. Jobs that involve repetitive motions, or that require extreme stamina, arm and leg strength, or abdominal strength, may cause wear and tear injuries as the bones and muscles become weakened over time.
Pursuing Compensation for Wear & Tear Injuries
Because wear and tear injuries develop over time, it may be difficult to prove they were caused by your occupation. Some injuries may be directly linked to an accident at your workplace. These include broken bones or concussions from a fall, lacerations from a machine malfunction, or other injuries from specific incidents at work. When pursuing compensation for a wear and tear injury with your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance provider, it is important to have evidence to support your claim.
Evidence may include:
- Medical records
- Employment history records
- Witness testimonies
- Expert opinion reports
It is important to prove a clear connection between your wear and tear injuries and your job. For example, if you lift heavy equipment all day as part of your occupational duties, and you suffer disc injuries or other back and shoulder pain, you must show that your medical condition directly resulted from your work performance. Even if you have been doing the same job for 10 years or longer or with no symptoms, you can still pursue compensation for injuries that appear gradually, as long as you provide enough evidence.
Seek a Beneficial Result with the Help of Our Attorney
At the Law Offices of Andrew B. Shin, we provide diligent legal services to injured workers seeking compensation. Whether you have a wear and tear injury or other condition resulting from your job, we can help you file the necessary paperwork and gather evidence to build your case. Insurance companies often try to pay as little as possible. However, we can investigate your situation and fight to help you pursue the financial settlement you deserve.
Contact our office today to discuss your case with our knowledgeable San Jose workers’ compensation attorney. We offer free consultations to all prospective clients.