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The Difficulty of Proving Occupational Injuries

Posted by B. Patrick Agnew | Oct 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

Occupational injuries are among the most challenging to substantiate when one is seeking workers compensation. A number of factors contribute to this fact, and one may benefit from the assistance of a Richmond workers comp attorney in arguing such a claim. What Are Occupational Injuries? A range of different kinds of injuries fall roughly into The post The Difficulty of Proving Occupational Injuries appeared first on Agnew & Rosenberger Virginia Law Firm.

Occupational injuries are among the most challenging to substantiate when one is seeking workers compensation. A number of factors contribute to this fact, and one may benefit from the assistance of a Richmond workers comp attorney in arguing such a claim.

What Are Occupational Injuries?

A range of different kinds of injuries fall roughly into the category of occupational injuries. The common factor, however, is that they generally develop over a period of time—often years. They occur through repetitive motions and affect areas ranging from tendons, ligaments, muscle, and other soft tissues.

Some examples of how occupational injuries can develop are:

  • Continual typing
  • Bending, lifting, and twisting associated with warehouse and other blue collar work
  • Looking into a computer monitor for long periods
  • Jumping down from a truck numerous times per day

Injuries occurring from these activities can include bone spurs, eye damage, Carpal tunnel syndrome, and others.

Why Are These Injuries Difficult to Prove?

A Richmond workers comp attorney will need to rely on evidence outside of traditional medical testing to substantiate the existence of many of these injuries. This is because such injuries do not generally show up on traditional tests like as X-rays and Imaging. The injuries are often soft tissue damage rather than the more telling fractures. Some workers' compensation doctors may even try to argue that the injuries do not exist at all. Indeed, since these injuries develop over long periods of time—often years—coupled with the fact of their being difficult to detect, employers often regard their existence as dubious at best.

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About the Author

B. Patrick Agnew

B. Patrick Agnew was born and raised in Roanoke, Virginia and Bedford County. He received his undergraduate degree from Liberty University and studied philosophy and government. Patrick received his law degree from the Regent University School of Law.

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