Strains and Sprains
Sprains and strains are some of the most common workplace injuries. They can be very painful and can inhibit not only your ability to enjoy the activities of your daily life but also your ability to earn a living. If you suffered a sprain or strain in the course of your employment, you might obtain workers’ compensation benefits. The procedures involved in recovering benefits, however, can be complicated and confusing. At the Law Office of Joseph Richards, our Orange County work injury lawyers have the experience and knowledge of California workers’ compensation law to guide you through the process of pursuing benefits. Our main office is in Orange County, and we also maintain an office in Riverside County. We assist people seeking temporary or permanent benefits throughout Southern California.Sprains and Strains Defined
A sprain occurs when the ligaments connected to a joint are stretched or injured without being dislocated. Strains occur when tendons or muscles are stretched or overworked. Sprains and strains can both occur either due to an acute injury, like a slip and fall, or from repetitive work that causes stress to joints and muscles. Ankles, wrists, and knees are common locations for sprains, while the back, hamstring, and shoulder are areas where workers frequently experience strain. While the treatment for both injuries is non-invasive and involves resting the affected area, both strains and sprains can take a long time to heal, leaving a victim unable to work while they are recovering.Recovering Benefits for Your Sprain or Strain
If you are injured at work, you are entitled to recover workers’ compensation benefits regardless of whether your employer’s negligence caused your injury. To be eligible for benefits, however, you must prove that your injury occurred in the performance of your job. If your sprain or strain was caused by an acute injury, such as a fall, it might be easy to relate your injury to the incident. If you have a strain caused by repetitive use, your employer may dispute whether your injury occurred during the performance of your job. This can complicate the process of recovering workers’ compensation benefits and might delay the settlement of your claim. Your treating physician may need to evaluate your injury and offer evidence that it was caused by your job. An experienced workers’ compensation attorney at our firm may be able to assist you in obtaining evidence to support your claim and presenting your position to an insurer or judge.Benefits That Victims May Be Entitled to Recover
If you are unable to work due to your strain or sprain, you might be entitled to disability benefits. Your disability will be classified as temporary or permanent. If your disability is temporary, your disability benefits will be calculated based on your wages at the time of the injury. Whether your disability is temporary or permanent, it will be further classified as either partial or total. You may receive a permanent disability rating, and the benefits that you receive will be based upon that rating as well as your prior wages. If you cannot return to your previous position, you may be entitled to benefits that will enable you to obtain training to gain employment in a new field.
In addition to disability benefits, you may also be entitled to recover the cost of any medical treatment for your injury, which includes the cost of traveling to and from treatment appointments. The benefits that you recover depend on an accurate assessment of your injuries, the treatment needed, and the impact of your injuries on your life. A seasoned workers’ compensation lawyer can assist you in making sure that every facet of your injury is properly evaluated to help you obtain the benefits that you are owed.Seek Guidance from Our Orange County Lawyers Following a Workplace Accident
At the Law Office of Joseph Richards, we take pride in assisting injured workers with recovering the workers’ compensation benefits to which they may be entitled. We have offices in Orange County and Riverside County, from which we represent injured workers in Santa Ana, Costa Mesa, Anaheim, Irvine, Moreno Valley, Corona, Temecula, El Centro, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Fontana, Rancho Cucamonga, and San Diego. Our attorneys also assist people in other cities in Orange, Riverside, Imperial, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and San Diego Counties. Contact us at (844) 562-2667 or via our online form to set up a consultation.