A soft tissue injury may not sound like something really serious, but that’s not the case. They can truly impact a person’s wellbeing, and even the ability to work in some cases. Meaning, they are exactly the type of injury where benefits like worker’s compensation come in handy.
Soft tissue injury refers to any damage to the muscles, ligaments, tendons, or flesh. Depending on where the injury is located, you need quite extensive treatment. So this type of injury is a prime example of why workers’ comp is so important. But if you are diagnosed with it, how can you get these benefits?
The Steps You Need to Take
Soft tissue injuries can be caused by a twist or a blow to a specific area in your body, but they can also be the result of repetitive stress on certain muscles and ligaments. It’s important to seek medical attention if you feel a strange ache or pain, as soft tissue injuries rarely present with visible symptoms. In some cases, it’s possible to experience some bruising, but not all the time.
Here are the steps you need to take in order to get workers comp for soft tissue injuries:
Get Medical Attention
Whether it’s after an accident, or at the first sign of trouble, it’s important to get seen by a doctor. You most likely need to take a few tests for a proper diagnosis. However, if you are seeing your own doctor, it’s important not to start treatment before you speak to your employer. Workers comp laws in Missouri give the employer the right to choose the doctor who’ll treat you.
Inform Your Employer
You have a 30-day deadline to notify your employer of your injury and the need for treatment. This should be done in writing, and contain all relevant information to your claim, such as your full name, the injury you have, and how you were injured.
Gather Your Evidence
Once you notify the employer, they will get in touch with the insurance company and file an injury report with the Missouri Workers Comp Division. Meanwhile, you can seek treatment with the doctor approved by your employer (some may agree to let you see your own doctor, but most will follow the insurance company’s recommendation). It’s a good idea to start gathering relevant evidence and building a case in your favor. Soft tissue injuries can be harder to link to your job, as they can be caused by a lot of different things. You should consider having:
- The official diagnosis, and doctor’s testimony
- Witness testimony (if relevant)
- A journal where you detail your experience
This can help you fight back if the insurance company denies your claim.
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