Anyone can suffer a serious leg injury on the job – even if their work is not especially physical. Many of us take simple, pain-free movement for granted until we experience such an injury. There are some important things to remember should you suffer a work injury to your ankle or knee to ensure a successful Workers’ Compensation claim.
Foot and ankle injuries happen in every profession, but are most common among construction workers, medical professionals, delivery persons, and mechanics. Most of these injuries happen when the ankle bone twists too far to one side or the other.
Symptoms of an ankle injury include bruising, swelling, and pain. With most ankle injuries, the victim has difficulty standing and putting pressure on the ankle joint. Slip and fall accidents cause many ankle injuries. Others happen by twisting, jumping, repetitive movement, and contact with hard surfaces.
Because the knee is the largest joint in the body, work injuries involving the knee can be more complex and painful. Workers can injure their knees by repetitive movements, unnatural turning or stopping, slip and fall accidents, and contact with hard surfaces. Pain, swelling, numbness, sensitivity and popping are common signs of a knee injury.
If your knee or ankle injury happened at work, you may be entitled to Workers’ Compensation benefits. Workers’ Compensation coverage supports injured workers during their recovery until they return to work. Workers’ Compensation benefits cover medical bills, injury-related expenses, and a portion of their salary.
The first thing to do after sustaining work injury is to report it to your employer. If you fail to document the accident immediately, your employer or their Workers’ Compensation insurance carrier may deny the accident happened on the job.Next, you need to see a primary physician approved by your employer. Your primary physician may recommend you see an orthopedist, podiatrist, or other specialist for further treatment. Once your physician determines you have reached the maximum level of recovery or Maximum Medical Improvement, they will issue a form permitting you to return to work. The form specifies what type of work you are permitted to do, depending on your condition. If they clear you for temporary partial disability, you can do work commensurate with your injuries – if it is available.
If your physician determines you have a permanent partial disability, you will be permanently assigned a job that accommodates your disability. If such work is unavailable, you may have to find a new job. In most cases, an employer is not required by law to hold a position open until an injured worker returns.
Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Gross Pursue Benefits for Workers with Ankle and Knee InjuriesFailure to properly file a Workers’ Compensation claim can jeopardize the crucial benefits that you need while you recuperate. Working with an experienced Philadelphia Workers’ Compensation lawyer helps ensure that your claim is handled properly. At the Law Office of Jeffrey S. Gross, we will guide you through the Workers’ Compensation process so you can focus on your recovery, not paying your medical bills. Call our Philadelphia office to discuss your case at 267-589-0090 or 215-512-1500 or contact us online. Jeffrey S. Gross and his team serve clients throughout the Greater Philadelphia area.