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Can I get workers’ compensation for chronic pain?

Before you started working for your current employer in Santa Ana several years ago, you were the picture of perfect health. You had energy and no issues with discomfort and pain. But now you experience pain in your back and wrists that never seems to end.

You might find yourself wondering if you can receive workers’ compensation benefits for the condition. 

Chronic pain can be a workplace injury

Your pain does not necessarily need to stem from a workplace accident. Although it is very common for some individuals to suffer chronic pain while recovering from on-the-job injuries, it is equally common for people to develop chronic pain from certain job duties.

Workers’ compensation does cover workers who develop chronic pain from their job duties. It is a medically recognized condition that can occur from bending, lifting improperly, performing repetitive clerical duties, using certain work equipment and being struck by falling objects.

A claim requires evidence

To file a successful claim for workers’ compensation benefits, you will need to prove that your condition is not the result of previously existing nonwork-related injuries or your lifestyle. You will also need medical documentation that the condition exists.

If you find it difficult to perform your job duties or experience challenges in performing some of your daily activities, you should not ignore your pain or resort to self-treatment. Procrastinating and failing to get a proper diagnosis and treatment can cause complications with your workers’ compensation claim and could lead to a denial of benefits. Keep in mind that your pain is not chronic unless you experience it for several months. 

The workers’ compensation claims process is not easy to deal with, especially if you suffer from chronic pain. Establishing your claim’s credibility and eligibility for benefits can be a challenge and cause you to lose precious time. Consider speaking to an attorney about your situation so he or she can provide you with the information and guidance you need to improve the outcome of your claim.

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