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Does workers' compensation cover my chronic condition?

Not every workplace injury is the result of a fall or other traumatic event. Some injuries can result from repetitive motion or long-term exposure to hazardous conditions. Since these illnesses or injuries may not be as obviously related to the work environment as a specific accident, some workers may not even realize that they may be eligible for workers' compensation.

Hearing loss is one of the most common workplace injuries. Even with protective devices, hearing loss may occur if you work around loud noises for a prolonged period of time. Like hearing loss, damage to the eyes and lungs may result from prolonged exposure to hazardous conditions. Irritants in the air may strain the eyes and cause substantial injury to your vision. Breathing toxic or polluted air over time can cause significant lung damage.

The use of computers and hand-held technology is only one way you may end up with a repetitive stress injury. Many jobs require repeated hand motions which can lead to nerve damage or pain that may encompass the entire arm. Numbness or pain the in hands may require time off work and prevent you from completing the most basic activities in life.

Many people suffer back pain related to their jobs. Whether it is from lifting heavy objects, prolonged stooping or even sitting for hours at a time, back strain can cause pain that may make it impossible to go to work and may only be relieved through therapy or surgery. Lifting heavy objects at work may also cause hernias that often require surgery and lengthy recoveries. In most cases, workers' compensation should cover these injuries and the lost wages that result from them.

While chronic illnesses or injuries may not get the attention a catastrophic accident does, a worker may still suffer or even be incapacitated by them. Often, workers' compensation may cover the costs related to these injuries. An experienced workers' compensation attorney will be able to evaluate each situation and defend the rights of workers injured on the job.

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