Understanding Consequential Injuries in Workers’ Compensation Cases
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In the aftermath of a work-related injury, it’s pretty common to focus on the most obvious injuries you’ve suffered. Maybe you slipped and fell, breaking a bone or tearing a ligament. But those types of injuries can have other consequences. For example, an injury to one knee can cause you to overcompensate with your other leg, leading to problems with your other leg, or even misalignment in your spine, with attendant back or neck problems. These types of injuries are known as “consequential” injuries and you have a right to recover workers’ compensation benefits if they make it difficult or impossible for you to work.
Technically speaking, a consequential injury is any new condition or injury that comes about because of another injury. It’s extremely common, with just about any type of injury, that you’ll make adjustments to compensate for the injury, and can put strain on other limbs or body parts. The important thing—report any discomfort you experience to your treating physician, not just pain or discomfort in the area of the injury. Your body works as a unit, and trauma to one part of the body often affects other parts. In a workers’ compensation case, if you can show that you didn’t experience the new injury until you suffered the work injury, you will likely be able to include the consequential injury as part of your workers’ compensation claim.
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