Posts From August, 2018

Can my Employer Retaliate if I File a Workers’ Comp Claim?

Some people are hesitant to file a workers’ compensation claim, even if they know their case is completely valid, because they’re afraid that their employer will retaliate against them. While this is certainly not something that should occur, it does. Many states do have laws that state employers may not retaliate in any way against workers, some states don’t. It can also sometimes be difficult to prove that your employer’s actions are a direct result of the workers’ comp claim you’ve filed.

What Does the Law Say?

Workers’ comp laws are not universal—each state has its own laws, and while some are very similar, some are fairly different. For example, many states do have laws that protect your job if you file a workers’ comp claim, but there are some where your employer could fire you. There is no federal law protecting employees who have filed workers’ comp claims.

What Are Protected Activities?

In order to show that you’re being retaliated against, you have to have engaged in a protected activity under your state’s workers’ comp laws. These protected activities, again, do differ from state to state. Most are fairly broad and offer protection to those who have filed a claim, alerted their employer that they are intending to file a claim, or have sustained some sort of injury while on the job. Some states do require you to file a formal document stating that you were injured, but many do not. Even in states that don’t necessarily require this documentation, it’s always a good idea to file the paperwork anyway. It helps back up your claim and creates a paper trail for the series of events surrounding your injury.

What Counts as Retaliation?

Retaliation can come in many forms and is often unique to your situation. Broad forms of retaliation from an employer include being demoted, having your responsibilities changed, lowering your pay, or bringing unwarranted disciplinary actions against you.

You should never let your employer or anyone else intimidate you into not filing a valid workers’ comp claim, especially if you were severely injured. Maximum Orthopedics is here to help you file these claims and receive the compensation you’re due. Contact us today to learn more about what filing a claim involves.

  • Posted on: Aug 30 2018
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What Can Orthopedic Physical Therapy Do for Me?

An orthopedic physical therapist is an expert in helping you regain your motor functions, range of motion, and normal healthy life after you’ve been injured or dealt with an illness that affects the joints, bones, tendons, ligaments, or muscles. These orthopedic issues require the assistance of someone who has the education and knowledge not only of physical therapy but also of orthopedics. They understand how the bones and tissues work together to provide motion, and they can help you overcome a wide range of different musculoskeletal conditions.

What Injuries Require Orthopedic Physical Therapy?

If you’ve had a fracture or have strained a muscle, you may be sent to an orthopedic physical therapist. They will help you recover from these issues by putting you through a number of different exercises designed to strengthen the injured part of the body and restore your full range of motion. One of these experts may also assist you if you’ve sprained a ligament or following an operation. Those who suffer from bursitis or tendonitis may also want to seek out the help of an orthopedic physical therapist.

Of course, dealing with pain is also something this type of physical therapist can assist you with. They will help you learn your limits and carefully move beyond them so that you don’t further hurt yourself or experience a great amount of pain when doing basic functions.

What Tools Do Orthopedic Physical Therapists Use?

Orthopedic physical therapy uses some of the same tools and techniques that standard physical therapy uses. These include applying heat and ice to the area and using electrical stimulation machines. They also have a number of different exercise tools to help you stretch and work out the area.

The main tool used in orthopedic physical therapy is exercise. Some of these exercises are done with different equipment, but often they simply include walking or making repetitive motions in order to regain strength and flexibility. This is especially true in the early stages of orthopedic PT when you’re still fairly weak and need to take it easy to avoid further injury.

Are you in need of orthopedic physical therapy? If so, Maximum Orthopedics is here to help. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

  • Posted on: Aug 15 2018
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