Invisible workplace injuries are always a possibility. The employee may have trouble performing his or her tasks if the injuries aren’t discovered and dealt with. The following are good examples of hidden or invisible injuries:
Physical Work Injuries
Sprains, strains, whiplash and damage to soft tissue are examples of physical injuries and are very common in the workplace. Repetitive tasks, lifting and moving heavy objects are just a couple of ways you can obtain these types of injuries.
Hidden Hazards That Can Cause Injuries
A very dangerous situation for any employee is to be exposed to toxic mold and chemical vapors at the workplace. These are hazards that can potentially affect you without your knowledge and not even show its presence until months or even years later.
Being bullied and/or harassed by someone at work can be very stressful. It’s called “psychological” work injuries. It is a stressful situation for most people and can result in post traumatic stress disorder or PTSD along with depression.
There are many types of pre-existing injuries that would be considered invisible work injuries. Sciatica and hypertension for example can be aggravated by the tasks that you perform at work.
Pursuing Workers’ Compensation for Invisible Injuries
- First of all, you need to see a medical professional regarding your injury. If you procrastinate, it is likely that your superior may not believe you are hurt and he may deny your claim.
- You also need to report the injury to your employer as soon as it happens. If you do not report your injury within 30 days of the occurrence, your workers’ compensation claim might be denied.
- Look Around for Witnesses or anyone that may have seen it happen. If there are any witnesses, you need to ask them if they are willing to testify on your behalf.
To Receive Benefits for Invisible Injuries, Your Will Need to Show Proof
- Ensure that your employer has a current workers’ compensation insurance policy and that you are covered under said policy. Also, you must be employed full time to receive this coverage.
- You also have to confirm that your injury is substantial enough to submit a claim. You will need your medical records as proof. It would also be a good idea if your doctor explained how your injury will affect your ability to perform your daily work tasks.
- You have to establish that your injury did in fact, occur at your workplace or, if you were away from the workplace, confirm that you were performing duties on behalf of your company.
If you have suffered an invisible injury while at work, you should see a doctor and obtain records, report your injury to your employer and seek witnesses. It is also advisable that your hire a West Palm Beach workers’ compensation lawyer to assist you with filing a claim and helping you with the entire process to get the best results possible.
Thanks to our friends and contributors from the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt for their insight into workers’ compensation.