Knee, Ankle and Foot Injury Claims
Knee, ankle and foot injuries at work are relatively rare. However, they can also be among the most severe injuries you might experience in the workplace. If not diagnosed and treated promptly, these injuries can cause permanent problems with mobility. Such issues might leave you with significant ongoing medical bills and problems functioning in day-to-day life.
Who Is at Risk of Knee, Ankle and Foot Injuries at Work?
Virtually anyone who spends a lot of time on their feet at work may suffer from this kind of injury. In workplaces where standing for virtually your entire shift is deemed “professional,” such as restaurants and grocery stores, employees at all levels are exposed to these risks.
Injuries to the lower extremities are also possible for those whose job involves moving and shifting loads – for example, porters, postal service workers and anyone working in logistics. If a heavy load is accidentally mishandled for even a moment, the consequences could be serious.
Finally, knee, ankle and foot injuries often arise as a result of slip and fall accidents.
What to Do if You Suffer a Foot or Ankle Injury at Work
The most important thing you can do after any workplace injury is document the situation. This documentation serves as the basis of your workers’ compensation claim and helps ensure that others in your workplace can act quickly to eliminate the risk factor that caused the accident.
It is generally advisable to document any accident within 24 hours – but no later than 48 hours.
After this, the next step is typically to see a doctor. While your employer cannot hamper your claim or deny you the right to seek care, they can typically request that you use a doctor “in network” for the company. You can seek a second opinion if necessary.
Can You Obtain Workers’ Compensation for Your Injury?
If you are injured while performing your work duties, you are typically eligible for workers’ compensation. This is true no matter whether you were working at the job site or somewhere else – even from your own home.
Generally, it does not even matter who “caused” the injury. Unless it resulted from the use of drugs or alcohol, your eligibility for compensation is not affected.
Talk to Gerald Brody & Associates Today
As workers compensation attorneys in San Diego, Gerald Brody & Associates has helped hundreds of people throughout the San Diego area get the compensation they deserve.
The sooner you speak with a workers compensation attorney, the more likely your claim will be successful. This is especially true if your employer is interfering with your claim in any way.
To find out more and get immediate help from an expert, contact us today.