Types Of Workplace Knee Injuries
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, knee injuries are some of the most common injuries and require some of the longest periods away from work – accounting for roughly 100,000 injuries in 2015 and a median of 16 missed days. As mentioned above, these injuries fall into one of two broad categories:
Acute Knee Injuries
Knee injuries commonly occur during workplace accidents or due to strenuous working conditions.
Work accidents and working conditions which frequently lead to acute knee injuries include:
- Slips, trips, and falls – Even slip and fall accidents from ground level can result in a serious knee injury.
- Falls from heights – These injuries are especially common on construction sites when workers fall from ladders or scaffolding.
- Strains and sprains – Working in awkward or uncomfortable positions, heavy lifting, and other strenuous physical labor often leads to strains, sprains, and damage to the tendons, ligaments, and cartilage.
- Auto accidents – Transportation workers, delivery drivers, truckers, and other occupational drivers are at risk of suffering serious injuries to the knees and other body parts in work-related car accidents.
- Heavy machinery and equipment accidents – Workers in industries which require the use of heavy machinery (i.e. construction, manufacturing, etc.) could suffer a severe knee injury if they’re involved in a heavy machinery accident.
Chronic Knee Pain
Chronic knee pain can develop in a variety of working environments. It’s possible for these injuries to occur even in low-stress labor due to repeating the same movements over and over again throughout the years, which slowly causes stress to accumulate in certain body parts.
- Working on your feet – Jobs which require long hours working on your feet can cause chronic knee pain to slowly build up.
- Heavy lifting – Lifting, carrying, pushing, and pulling heavy objects can lead to repetitive stress injuries and chronic pain in addition to sudden knee injuries like strains and sprains.
- Working from awkward positions – As we mentioned above, working from awkward positions can cause strains and sprains. But it can also cause chronic knee pain to accumulate due to placing extra stress on your joints over a long period of time.
Remember that regardless of how your injury occurred, you should be covered by workers’ compensation. However, getting through the claims process is not always as easy as it should be. It’s often necessary to have legal guidance in order to deal with employers and workers’ comp insurance carriers.
Complications In The Claims Process
While the law says that all employees must be covered by workers’ comp and that all work-related injuries requiring missed days are eligible for coverage, the reality is a bit different. In order to receive the benefits you need, you must satisfy the requirements of the Worker’s Compensation Board and deal with possible obstructions from the insurance companies.
Some knee injuries may be obviously work-related, such as an amputation after being crushed by a piece of heavy machinery. But workers with chronic knee injuries often struggle to get the compensation they deserve. Your employer and their insurance company may argue that your injury is just a natural byproduct of aging, or that it resulted from a preexisting condition or circumstances outside of your work environment.
How A Lawyer Can Help
Insurance carriers have a financial interest in denying claims for workers’ compensation. This is how they make their profits. Many injured workers don’t realize that these insurance companies are not on their side after an injury. They enter the process without legal representation and are blindsided when their claims get denied.
Your employer’s insurance carrier has their own skilled lawyers who specialize in denying claims for workers’ comp. Even a small inaccuracy or mistake on your application may result in a denied claim. In order to give yourself a fair fight against these powerful companies, it’s usually necessary to have your own skilled work injury lawyer who has experience representing the interests of injured New York workers.
Banville Law Looks Out For Injured New York Employees
At Banville Law, we’re proud to represent injured workers throughout all industries and occupations. We know how the workers’ comp system works, we have experience negotiating with the top insurance companies, and we know how to counteract an insurance company’s attempt to deny a claim. Additionally, we can help you pursue other forms of compensation – such as a Social Security disability claim for a permanently disabling injury or a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party (such as an independent contractor or manufacturer of defective equipment.
We also understand how much financial stress a work injury causes – that’s why we offer free consultations and work on a contingency fee basis, so you owe us nothing until you receive the financial compensation you need.