Physical Work Injuries
Invisible work injuries are called so because they are not visually obvious to others. They can include physical injuries such as sprains, strains, whiplash, and soft tissue damage. Physical invisible injuries can be caused by lifting, pulling and pushing heavy objects, frequent bending and kneeling to perform a job task, and repetitive tasks such as typing or assembling parts.
Psychological Work Injuries
Perhaps less obvious are the emotional invisible injuries that can often be just as devastating. Depression, either caused or exacerbated by events at work, can be equally as damaging as a physical work injury. When harassment, aggression, or bullying causes undo stress and trauma for an employee, they may suffer an invisible injury. Promptly reporting and documenting these negative work experiences is important for those filing a Workers’ Compensation claim.
When workers are subjected to severe trauma, they can develop PTSD. This condition can be debilitating and requires intense treatment. Workers in occupations that expose them to trauma are at greater risk for PTSD. Police officers, EMTs, and members of the military are especially susceptible to emotional injuries. However, anyone that witnesses or experiences a trauma on the job involving a catastrophic injury or death may be at risk for depression, PTSD, and other emotional and psychological conditions.
Employees with existing conditions that are worsened by events at work may be eligible for a Workers’ Compensation invisible injury claim. Some of these pre-existing conditions might include hypertension, fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and sciatica. If an employee can prove that work conditions exacerbated an existing illness or injury, he or she may be eligible for Workers’ Compensation. To successfully prove an invisible injury claim for a pre-existing condition, the worker must prove they had been previously diagnosed and had actively been seeking treatment for the issue.
As with any work injury, it is crucial to report it to your employer as soon as possible, and seek medical treatment immediately. Delaying your claim may jeopardize your benefits and more importantly, impact your recovery.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross Fight for Those Suffering from Invisible Work InjuriesBecause invisible injuries are frequently not detectable through standard health tests, employers may be quick to dispute them. The experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyersat the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross understand what is required to establish the validity of invisible injuries, and can help you achieve the best outcome possible. Call our Philadelphiaoffice today at 267-589-0090 or contact us online to get started today. Jeffrey S. Gross and his associates serve clients throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.