In addition to being incredibly painful, hip injuries can substantially limit your mobility. When you complain to your manager that your hip is bothering you and that you’ll have to miss some time from work, they may require you to file a workers’ compensation claim. Below, we discuss what to expect when it comes to your workers’ comp hip injury settlement, and why you may have difficulty getting your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance company to pay out on your claim.
What Are Common Types of Hip Injuries That Can Occur at Work?
While traumatic hip injuries do occur on the job, many such injuries accrue over years of repetitive labor. The most common types of hip injuries are:
- Hip fractures. Caused by blunt-force trauma to the hip bone itself. They can be remarkably painful as your hip absorbs the brunt of your weight. Fractures can require surgery, rehabilitation, and a long period of rest.
- Hip strain. Caused by overworking the muscles associated with your hip. This hip injury causes micro-tears in the muscle fiber resulting in muscle spasms and pain. Generally, a period of rest is needed.
- Hip arthritis. Can be caused by natural wear and tear occurring over years of use. It can also be caused by a post-traumatic event to the hip that causes damage to the cartilage.
- Hip labral tear. Repetitive overuse can result in damage to soft tissue in the hip socket causing pain and stiffness.
- Meralgia paresthetica. Burning pain in the thigh, tingling, and numbness could be an indication of a condition called meralgia paresthetica. This condition is caused by a compressed femoral nerve.
- Acetabular fracture. Fracture in your hip socket that can be caused by falls on the job. Surgery is generally required to repair it.
- Compartment syndrome. Characterized by pressure built up within the muscles. This causes a decrease in the blood flow which weakens the muscles and nerves in your leg. It sometimes occurs after an acute injury and must be treated immediately to avoid permanent damage to your leg muscles.
- Hip bursitis. Inflammation of bursae, fluid-filled sacs that cushion your joints, can cause intense pain and decreased your mobility.
What Can I Expect With a Workers’ Comp Hip Injury Settlement?
Your employer is insured by a company that provides you and their other employees with compensation for injuries sustained on the job. If a piece of machinery falls on top of you and damages your hip, chances are, you won’t have to fight too hard to get your workers’ comp hip injury settlement. On the other hand, if your hip injuries were caused by years of repeated use, you could be in for a serious fight.
If you sustained a very obvious injury on the job, your employer’s workers’ compensation fund will compensate you for your medical expenses regardless of who was at fault. Additionally, you are entitled to recover a percentage of your wages while you are out of work.
To do this, you file a claim against your employer’s workers’ comp policy. The insurance company reviews your claim and then determines what, if any, compensation you should receive. The insurance company can deny a claim if they don’t believe that you’ve established that your injury was caused by your work. This can prove a major hurdle for those who have suffered repetitive stress injuries. A workers’ compensation attorney can litigate the claim on your behalf and get the medical evidence to prove that your injury was caused by your job.
Is Hip Replacement Surgery Covered by Workers’ Comp?
If your injury was caused by your work duties, the insurance company that represents your employer is required to pay for any surgery you need to repair the damage. However, it doesn’t always work like that.
Did you play hockey in your youth? Do you suffer from a degenerative bone condition? Did you require surgery after a car accident? The insurance company will likely attempt to argue that any of those could have contributed to your current hip problems. That’s why you want an attorney to manage your claim. We ensure that the insurance company has all the evidence they need, and can fight back against unfair denials.
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