Is a work-related knee injury keeping you from doing your job duties? You may be wondering what to do next:
- What types of knee injuries qualify for Workers' Comp?
- What do I need to provide for a claim?
- What if I my injury was caused by a third party?
- How can a lawyer help me get compensation?
Our lawyers can help you explore all of your compensation options for a workplace injury.
The experienced work injury lawyers at Monheit Law are prepared to help all types of workers recover compensation after a job-related knee injury.
Employees in all types of workplaces are at a potential risk for knee injuries. The joints and tendons in your knees are vulnerable to slowly developing injuries after several years in the workforce. Additionally, workers in physically demanding and hazardous professions such as construction, mining, and manufacturing often injure their knees in workplace accidents.
In either situation, you qualify for Workers' Compensation benefits as long as your injury is directly related to your job duties. However, many employers and insurance companies may dispute these claims, arguing that the injury was preexisting or unrelated to your job duties.
There are certain situations in which a personal injury claim is also an option - such as a construction site accident caused by an independent contractor's negligent mistake. In order to file one these claims, your injury must have been caused by the negligence of someone other than a co-worker or your employer.
How Can I Receive Compensation?
If you're unable to work because of a knee injury, it's important to consider all possible avenues for compensation. Your employer and their insurance company will likely look for any valid reason to limit your coverage or deny your claim completely. It's often necessary to have your own work injury lawyer who has experience in the claims and appeals process.
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Work Conditions Which May Lead To Knee Injuries
Knee injuries in the workplace are fairly common. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 there were over 100,000 knee injuries which required at least one day away from work.
There are a variety of working conditions which increase the risk of developing a knee injury. Common conditions which frequently lead to Workers' Comp claims include:
- Sudden knee trauma from workplace accidents such as slips and falls or falls from heights
- Chronic pain from working on your feet all day
- Strains and damage to tendons, ligaments, and cartilage from working in awkward positions
- Sudden injuries from work-related motor vehicle accidents
- Amputations below the knee from heavy machinery and equipment accidents
Regardless of the nature of your injury, it's extremely important to receive medical care and to report the injury as soon as possible. The Workers' Comp Board will require strict documentation and evidence for your injury, and it's important to file the appropriate paperwork by set deadlines.
What If I Can't Afford A Lawyer?
At Monheit Law, we understand how stressful it is to be out of work after getting injured on the job. You may be watching medical bills pile up while no more paychecks are coming in. This is why we offer free consultations and only require payment if we successfully help you earn compensation. This way, you can focus on getting better without worry about how you'll pay your bills.
We've seen far too many employers and insurance companies try to weasel out of providing the compensation that injured workers rightfully deserve. We take pride in taking on these powerful entities in order to fight for workers rights. No worker should ever have to worry about taking care of their family after getting hurt on the job just so an insurance company can limit their liability.