How Can I Recover Compensation for Arthritis?

How Can I Recover Compensation for Arthritis?

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How Can I Recover Compensation for Arthritis?

Whether you have been hurt in an accident, hurt on the job, or hurt as a result of a dangerous or defective drug, you may have the right to pursue compensation for the arthritis that you suffer from as a result. If you can show that another party is partly or fully responsible for the injuries you have sustained and for your ongoing arthritis issues, you need to share this information with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. You could be eligible to recover compensation for arthritis—but only in specific circumstances. An attorney can tell you more about those circumstances and the kinds of evidence you will need to provide to increase your chances for the recovery of compensation for arthritis.

If you can show that someone else caused the injury that left you with arthritis, you might have grounds for a suit. If you don’t file in a timely fashion, you may have difficulties protecting your right to get compensation. 

Recovering Compensation for Arthritis Injuries From the Job

Workers' compensation in every state isn't just for catastrophic accidents that happen suddenly on the job, like fires, explosions, or crush injuries. Many employees also live with inflammatory conditions like arthritis, which are caused or aggravated by trauma and stress in the workplace. In some cases, you may be able to get this classified as an occupational illness. 

Over 52.5 million Americans have been diagnosed with one of the following conditions: fibromyalgia, gout, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or arthritis. Occupational illness can temporarily or permanently disable a worker, which means it is extremely important to consult with a lawyer right away. It can be difficult to get the Workers' Compensation Board and other involved parties to take your claims of occupational illness seriously. The sooner you take action, the greater your chances of recovering compensation for these serious issues. Compensation for arthritis is possible, but it is crucial that you have someone who is familiar with these types of issues to guide you through the process. An attorney can be a great help.
If you perform the same task consistently and repetitively at work, you might end up developing arthritis.

If this happens, you’ll need to get a diagnosis from your own doctor and also talk to your employer about filing a workers’ comp claim. 

It is not always easy to file a workers’ compensation claim, and it can be especially frustrating when you discover that your claim has been denied or delayed. If you have been suffering with a medical condition such as arthritis and you believe it is caused by your job, you need to have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney in your corner to help you gather all the necessary evidence and to respond promptly in the event that your claim is denied. 

Arthritis for Personal Injury Claims

When you are hurt in an accident, such as a slip and fall, as a result of a defective product or in a car accident, it may take days or weeks for you to develop some of the medical conditions. At first, you might seem fine because of the shock of going through the accident, or because other more immediate pain like whiplash and broken bones are more prominent. However, over time, you can develop conditions such as arthritis, and you may be able to hold the person responsible for causing the accident accountable in a lawsuit. In this case, you may be diagnosed with post-traumatic arthritis. This is a medical condition that causes swelling and pain in joints that have sustained a previous injury. Injuries to ligaments, muscles, and tendons most often cause post-traumatic arthritis because the strain of the injury is felt by the person's joints and wears down the cartilage. There are a few different areas where post-traumatic arthritis can occur, including the hips, hands, feet, ankles, elbows, shoulders, wrists, and knees. You may be developing or already have post-traumatic arthritis if you have pain in your joint while moving or resting, joint tenderness, inflammation or swelling of the joint, instability of the joint, lack of motion or stiffness, or grinding of the joint.

Getting Compensation for Arthritis

People who are seeking compensation often do not know how injuries will affect them later in life. This makes it very difficult to determine when a settlement offer presented to you is fair. You could be entitled to a variety of different types of compensation for your arthritis injuries, including lost wages, medical compensation, and pain and suffering. It is very important to tell the story of how the arthritis developed and how it affects your day-to-day life. Because of the complex links between car accidents and arthritis or workplace injuries and arthritis, detailed proof of disability is often required in order to prevail in these cases. Having a lawyer to support you with your legal claim from the beginning is critical for you to be able to move forward and recover compensation for arthritis. Getting compensation for arthritis is important, not just because of the way that it can affect your ability to work, but because it can make it difficult for you to live your daily life and you may be suffering pain on a constant basis.

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  • What to Do if I Think I Have a Claim for Compensation for Arthritis?

    All documents and detailed evidence that you can keep related to your claim will be extremely important in telling this story and increasing your chances of recovering funds and compensation for arthritis. Doctor's notes, medical records, detailed journals you've kept about your overall wellness, copies of receipts for expenses related to your healing, and other information about how this has impacted your life can all become important in a workers' comp or a personal injury lawsuit. 

    It is likely the case that arthritis is only one of the several outcomes you have suffered as a result of being hurt in an accident or developing an occupational illness. It is important to have the right medical team and the right legal team supporting you for the entirety of these claims since the outcomes can be very important for the remainder of your life. Getting you the medical attention you need now and the compensation for arthritis that will continue to support your treatment of this condition for years to come is critical. Make sure that you retain an experienced and knowledgeable lawyer who can help you move forward.

  • Why Do I Need a Lawyer?

    Trying to handle your case on your own can be overwhelming and difficult. It’s recommended that you hire a lawyer who has a background in this field sooner rather than later. The longer you go on without legal representation, the higher the chances of making a mistake. 

    If you are filing a workers’ compensation claim in relation to your arthritis diagnosis, it is not always as easy as providing the information about this diagnosis and getting coverage. You need to report your injury as soon as possible to your employer in order to protect your right to file, and you might need to be prepared to get outside medical opinions and work directly with the workers’ compensation attorney. Many people are denied for workers' compensation the first time that they file, and many of them give up. However, you do have the right to appeal your decision, and you can dramatically increase your chances of getting the conversation you need by working with a worker's comp lawyer.

    In the event that your claim is denied, your workers' compensation attorney can help you to find other medical experts to testify to the severity of your injuries. You should also keep a notebook of how this injury is impacting your daily life. 

    If you have developed this problem as a result of repetitive stress actions at work, it is likely that continuing to do the same tasks every single day will only make the situation worse. During the time that your workers’ compensation claim is pending, ask your employer if you can have accommodations at work. These accommodations can make it easier for you to do the tasks of your job without further inflaming your arthritis injury. You should also keep track of any medications that you take or ongoing pain that you experience throughout the day. This can help to tell the overall story of how your arthritis has impacted you, which may be important for you getting the necessary coverage and payments you deserve. 

    If you’re thinking about how to get compensation for your arthritis diagnosis, reach out now to speak to an expert at Morgan & Morgan. We can offer you a free, no-obligation case evaluation to get you started.

    We’ve helped many other people pursue these benefits and have a track record of helping clients get compensation for an arthritis diagnosis when it’s tied to another person’s negligence. Let us be in your corner to help you move on with your life. 

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