Posts From June, 2020

Can You File for Workers’ Comp After Leaving a Job?

If you leave your job and then determine that an on-the-job accident was responsible for the pain and injury you’re suffering, can you file for workers’ comp? The short answer is that yes, you can file for workers’ compensation after you’ve quit, were laid off, or were fired. However, there are some complications that make the process a little different and more difficult than it would be if you were still working for that employer.

Why File Workers’ Comp After Leaving the Job?

Normally, you would file for workers’ comp as soon as the injury occurs. However, there are a couple of cases where you may not realize that you’ve been seriously injured. Sometimes, injuries that seem minor can become much more serious. This is why it’s so important to get checked out by a medical professional. However, there are some conditions that don’t show up for weeks that even experienced doctors won’t be able to detect.

The other type of injury that you may not notice right away is a chronic condition that developed over time. For example, you might learn that your wrist injury was due to the repetitive motions you made at your last job. It’s not uncommon for these types of cumulative injuries to only show up months or even years after you left the job that caused them.

Understand the Deadlines Involved

If you fall and immediately realize you’ve been injured on the job, you can begin the workers’ comp paperwork right away. Because there’s no time where you didn’t know you were injured, you typically only have about 30 days from the time of the accident to file your claim. With chronic conditions, however, the clock doesn’t usually start until your doctor makes you aware of the problem. The time limit is often different, too. You may have as long as two years to file your claim.

You Must Have Strong Medical Evidence

The most difficult part of this process is having clear, strong evidence that your injuries were caused by the work you did at your former employer. You’re going to need medical reports, witness statements, and more. Many companies will try to place the blame on something you did after you left their employment. Proving otherwise can be an uphill battle.

That’s why you need experienced workers’ comp doctors on your side. Contact the team at Maximum Orthopedics today to begin working on your case.

  • Posted on: Jun 23 2020
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Tips for Managing the Pain of Arthritis

If you’re dealing with arthritis, you know how much pain it can cause. Arthritis is, in fact, the number one cause of pain in the world. It can make it difficult to work, exercise, enjoy your hobbies, and even do simple things such as a button shirt. Fortunately, there are a few ways you can manage arthritis pain and keep it from overwhelming your life. While taking over-the-counter medication is one such way, there are other options that don’t involve medication.

Cut Out Unhealthy Habits

Smoking and excessive drinking can make arthritis pain worse. When you smoke, the connective tissues in the body are put under more stress. This can make the pain worse. Drinking affects the body in many different ways, leaving it without the nutrients it needs. Both smoking and heavy drinking can also leave the body vulnerable to other diseases and conditions.

Exercise Regularly

Movement can help decrease how stiff your joints and are even decrease the amount of pain you’re in. However, you want to make certain you’re doing the right type of exercises so you’re not damaging your body further. Don’t do anything that involves repetitive motions or high impact. This means you want to avoid running, jumping, doing high impact aerobics, and playing sports such as tennis. Instead, look for exercises that involve improving your range of motion and on stretching. Things such as walking, water exercises, cycling, and low-impact aerobics will help a lot, as will yoga and tai-chi.

Try Acupuncture

Acupuncture can give some relief for arthritis pain. It does vary from person to person, though. For some, acupuncture does help reduce their pain quite a bit. You will want to make certain the person you’re seeing is a qualified, trained acupuncturist. Also note that acupuncture doesn’t always work immediately. It can take a few weeks before you start to feel relief.

Relax

Relaxing helps reduce stress, which in turn can help reduce inflammation and help you get through the day with less pain. Yoga, meditation, taking a bath, and other techniques can help you relax.

Work with an Expert

If you suffer from arthritis pain, you need to see an expert in pain management to work out what forms of treatment are best for you. Maximum Orthopedics has these experts. Contact us today to set up an appointment.

  • Posted on: Jun 15 2020
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