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
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.
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.
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.
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
If you’re in pain, whether it’s chronic or acute, you need some way of managing that pain. Many people simply turn to medication, but that’s not the best option for long-term pain management. Instead, there are a number of other ways you can manage your pain. Here are a few that may work for you. Of course, you’ll want to discuss these options with your doctor to make certain they will be effective and appropriate for the medical condition you’re dealing with.
In some cases, simply stretching or building up muscle in certain parts of your body can relieve some of the pain you’re in. You may need to work your muscles regularly to prevent them from getting stiff and sore. While you certainly don’t want to over-work your body, some light exercise can help with many different conditions. A physical therapist can help you build up the right muscles and teach you what exercises you can safely do to manage your pain without hurting yourself further.
If you have back or neck pain, visiting a chiropractor regularly may help. These experts can realign your spine. This can help relieve the pressure put on pinched nerves or muscles that are being pressed upon.
Ice and Heat
Applying ice or heat, depending on the type of injury, can help restore mobility and decrease pain. This is obviously a temporary way of managing your pain that will need to be repeated regularly, but it can work to help deal with the pain until you can treat it with a different method.
If you tend to hurt only when you overdo it, resting may be the best option. While it’s not always easy to rest when you’re in pain, it often helps. You may want to combine resting with ice or heat to help you get to sleep or rest more comfortably. You may also need to plan for a day or two every week to rest by reducing your physical activities for those days.
Work with an Expert in Pain Management
Before you do anything, you need to talk to a pain management expert. Here at Maximum Orthopedics, we can determine the cause of your pain and work with you to manage it without medication. Contact us today to learn more.
Posted on: May 29 2020
If you’ve been injured on the job in front of a number of witnesses, your workers’ comp claim may be hard to deny. However, what happens if you’re injured and no one else is around? That happens more often than you might think, and it leaves you without any witnesses. Are you simply out of luck? While your claim may be harder to win, it’s not impossible. It means you’ll need to rely on other evidence to make the case for you.
Because no one else was there to witness the accident, you need to make certain it’s officially documented by your supervisor immediately. If possible, take photos of what happened or ask someone else to if your injury prevents you from doing so. Don’t wait to report an injury, even if it seems minor at the time. It’s much harder to file workers’ comp for an injury that wasn’t reported.
When you’re able, write down a detailed report of what happened. Include every small detail, even if it seems unnecessary. Write down the time, the place, what happened immediately before the incident, and any related information. The more you document here, the better. Be sure to have someone witness the statement and sign off on it, adding the date and time it was written.
Unfortunately, there have been people who have tried to take advantage of the workers’ comp system by claiming they were injured when no one was looking. This makes it harder for those who truly were hurt to get the compensation they’re due. It also means you need to be completely honest. Don’t exaggerate anything or intentionally leave out any details when talking to your supervisor, your doctor, the workers’ comp board, and anyone else involved in the case. Don’t downplay your injuries, but don’t make them out to be worse than they actually are.
Work with a Doctor Familiar with Workers’ Comp Cases
Your doctor is going to be even more important in a case without witnesses since their report and testimony may be the only third-party evidence you have. You want to make certain they understand workers’ comp cases. The experts here at Maximum Orthopedics do, and they’re ready to help you with your case. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Posted on: May 15 2020
When you’ve been injured on the job, it’s time to file a workers’ compensation claim. This claim covers the cost of the treatment you need and provides financial assistance if you’re unable to return to work for an extended period of time. However, like all claims, your workers’ comp claim first must be approved by your local workers’ compensation board. If the claim is rejected, you can appeal, but during that time, you will be responsible for paying all of your medical bills. If you’re unable to work, you won’t have any money coming in during the appeals process, either.
Many Workers’ Comp Claims Are Denied Because of Incorrect Paperwork
One of the biggest reasons claims are denied is because the paperwork isn’t submitted correctly. These forms can be fairly complex, and if you’ve never filed a workers’ comp before, you may feel overwhelmed. This is why it’s important that you work with someone who understands the forms and the entire workers’ comp process.
Your Claim Must Be Submitted on Time
You need to understand exactly when your workers’ comp paperwork needs to be filed and what additional documentation needs to be turned in with it. If you miss your deadline, your entire claim may be dismissed without anyone even looking at it. Working with an expert will ensure you know when these deadlines are and that you have everything turned in on time.
Your Paperwork is Missing Additional Records or Information
Besides your application, you’ll need to have information from your doctors, witness testimony, and other information. All of these documents will need to be included with your application. In some cases, you may be asked to sign a document that allows the workers’ comp insurance agent and others involved to contact your doctor directly for information. If you miss signing this permission form, it can delay the entire process. Working with someone familiar with the process means you won’t miss these simple things. You’ll sign all the correct pages, initial where needed, and date everything correctly.
The team at Maximum Orthopedics has assisted many people with their workers’ comp paperwork. If you’re new to the process and need some help, contact them today.
Posted on: Apr 29 2020
Shoulder pain can leave you hurting or even unable to do a number of basic things, including combing your hair and driving. We use our shoulders a lot more than you may realize, which is why pain in this area of the body can be so debilitating. If you understand some of the common causes of shoulder pain, though, you’ll be able to avoid hurting yourself. Here are some of these causes.
A Rotator Cuff Tear
When one of the tendons in the rotator cuff is torn, it can cause pain. Often, this pain occurs at night when you’re trying to sleep, and it can make it difficult to rest. If you lift your arm up over your head and it hurts, it’s a good sign you’re dealing with a rotator cuff tear. This tear may have been caused by a fall or other accident. It can also be caused by repetitive motions. Normally, some rest, ice, and over-the-counter pain medication will heal the tear, but you may also need corticosteroid injections or, in extreme cases, surgery.
Other Rotator Cuff Damages
While a tear is very common, there are other injuries that can affect the rotator cuff. Tendonitis, for example, is quite common. Straining the rotator cuff is also fairly simple to do, especially if you’re lifting heavy objects up above your head or play sports that require you to use your shoulder a lot, such as tennis. Tendonitis and bursitis, which is similar, can also usually be healed by simply resting the shoulder and using ice. Generally, these conditions clear up within a couple of weeks. If they don’t, however, it’s time to see a doctor.
Osteoarthritis occurs as the cartilage in the shoulder starts to break down. This makes it more difficult for the shoulder to move, making it stiff and painful to do certain activities. If you have osteoarthritis in your shoulder, you may find it becomes harder and harder to reach your hand up and behind your head and back. Something as simple as putting on a belt may become very difficult because you can’t guide it through all of the loops in your pants. For some people, osteoarthritis comes on gradually over the years. For others, an injury to the shoulder starts the process. Either way, you will usually treat it with ice and anti-inflammatory medication, but advanced osteoarthritis may require joint replacement surgery.
Let Us Help
The experts here at Maximum Orthopedics have years of experience managing shoulder pain. We can help determine the cause of your pain and work with you to treat it. Contact us today to make an appointment.
Posted on: Apr 15 2020
Your feet and ankles are under a great amount of stress every day. This is especially true if you’re an athlete or do work that requires standing for any long period of time. You can quickly begin to develop pain in your feet and ankles. If you do find yourself with pain in these areas on a regular basis, you may wonder what you can do about it that doesn’t require taking over-the-counter medications every day. Here are a few tips for dealing with foot and ankle pain.
One of the best things you can do for your hurt foot or ankle is to rest it. Take breaks during the day whenever possible. Even if you only sit down for ten minutes, that period of rest is helpful. If the pain level increases or if you’re dealing with recurring pain every day, it’s time to consult a medical professional and to talk to your employer about changing your work habit, at least temporarily. Pain is never something you should try to work through—it’s a warning sign that something is wrong and that you need to address the issue immediately before it gets worse.
Elevate Your Legs
Elevating your legs so that your feet are at least six inches above your heart will help take some of the pressure off of your leg veins. It promotes the flow of blood and helps reduce inflammation. After a long day of being on your feet, try to take at least 15 minutes to lay down and elevate your legs. If at all possible, do this three times a day. If your break room has a sofa, try to elevate your legs during your lunch break.
Make Sure You’re Wearing the Right Shoes
Wearing shoes that fully support your arches can do wonders for your feet, ankles, legs, and even your back. You may want to look for shoes that are designed for long periods of standing, or you may want to work with an orthopedics expert to get custom arch supports you slip into your shoes. Either way can help.
We’re Here for You
The experts here at Maximum Orthopedics have years of experience in treating a number of different foot and ankle issues. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your pain and how you can manage or, better yet, eliminate it completely.
Posted on: Mar 31 2020
Dealing with stress and anxiety is something many people are familiar with. Balancing work, family life, hobbies, and everything else can become very overwhelming, and it seems like there’s never a break to relax. While you may not have time to book a spa day, you can book an appointment with your chiropractor. Chiropractic care is actually a way of treating stress and anxiety without taking any medication.
How Anxiety and Stress Affect the Body
If you’re always feeling anxious or stressed, it affects your body in a number of different ways. Your blood pressure and heart rate may often be elevated. Your muscles may tense up, causing you to physically hurt. This can also cause your spine to get locked out of place, which will impair your nervous system’s ability to function properly. That, in turn, can actually affect your immune response and healing time.
In addition to these direct effects, being anxious or stressed often leads to things such as stress eating or smoking as a way of coping. You may also stop exercising and not sleep as well. All of this can increase your chances of a wide number of diseases and other conditions.
How Chiropractors Help
Chiropractors can help relieve the tension in your muscles and realign your spine. This helps reduce the stress you carry without throughout the day. It allows your nervous system to function efficiently, and it loosens up your body so you can exercise without hurting yourself. By realigning your spine, you may also find that you can sleep better, too.
When it comes to anxiety, much of the same is true. By relieving physical pain and tension, your entire quality of life can improve. This, in turn, helps improve your overall mental health and will help make you less anxious. Having a realignment can also help reduce migraines and other headaches, which can make you feel stressed out and anxious.
Need a Chiropractor?
If you’re in need of a chiropractor or have questions about how chiropractic care can help your stress or anxiety, we’re here to help. Contact Maximum Orthopedics today to make an appointment to speak to an expert.
Posted on: Mar 15 2020
When you file a workers’ compensation claim, you may be under the assumption that your employer and their workers’ comp insurance will happily cover all of your medical costs, lost wages, and other bills. However, unfortunately, many workers’ comp insurance companies do everything they can to limit how much they pay out. This means it often becomes you verses the insurance company. Unfortunately, they often hold the power here and can deny your claim for a number of minor reasons. That’s why it’s important you do everything possible to give them no reason to try denying your injuries. That includes working with a doctor who is certified by the workers’ compensation board. Here’s why it’s important that your doctor is certified by the board.
They Understand the Paperwork
The paperwork surrounding a workers’ compensation claim can be confusing, and it all has to be filed by specific deadlines. Working with a doctor familiar with all of this paperwork and the regulations surrounding it will help ensure that everything is filed correctly and on time.
They Know What Tests to Do
They also understand what tests will be needed to show the insurance company that you truly are injured and unable to work. They can also often anticipate what you’ll need to show in court should you have to fight for your workers’ compensation benefits. They can help you be prepared to fight any challenge to your benefits because they’ve seen what insurance companies do and can often beat them at their own game.
They Advocate for You
Your doctor is one of your primary advocates in your fight for workers’ comp. In New York, you’re allowed to see any doctor you want—neither your employer nor their workers’ comp insurance company can require you to see a specific doctor. This means your doctor isn’t depending on the insurance company for a paycheck, so they can fully advocate for your rights and your case without worrying about their job.
If you’re in need of a workers’ comp expert to help you with your injury and your case, the team at Maximum Orthopedics is here to help. Contact us today to arrange an appointment.
Posted on: Feb 29 2020
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is something many people deal with. Studies have shown that in the U.S. alone, up to 12 million people deal with this issue. Carpal Tunnel is known for the pain, numbness, weakness, and tingling that it causes in the hand, fingers, wrist, and arm. But what is this orthopedic condition, and what can you do about it if you begin experiencing any of these symptoms?
The Median Nerve Explained
Your median nerve runs from the lower arm through your wrist and into the palm of your hand. The median nerve is the main nerve that carries signals and sensations from the middle finger, index finger, part of the ring finger, and the thumb. It’s encased by the carpal tunnel. When this tunnel becomes inflamed, it puts pressure on the median nerve. This causes the pain, tingling, and numbness that are the signature symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome.
When Does Carpal Tunnel Occur?
Anyone can experience carpal tunnel. It can affect either hand or both. In fact, more than half the people who experience carpal tunnel syndrome do have it in both hands. Women due tend to deal with carpal tunnel syndrome more than men. Typically, the condition is diagnosed in individuals between age 30 and 60, though it can affect younger and older patients. People with carpal tunnel often also suffer from a number of other illnesses, including high blood pressure and thyroid disorders. Injuries, genetics, smoking, being overweight, and even pregnancy can also contribute to developing carpal tunnel.
Your occupation can also impact how likely you are to develop carpal tunnel. Those who perform repetitive motions with their hands and wrists may be more at risk for carpal tunnel syndrome. This includes working on the computer typing, doing assembly line work, and playing the piano.
Diagnosing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
If you’ve been experiencing any odd sensation in your hands, it’s time to visit the experts at Maximum Orthopedics for a diagnosis. We will assess your symptoms and perform a basic physical exam to determine if you’re dealing with carpal tunnel or not. Contact us today to set up a consultation.
Posted on: Feb 15 2020