An injured worker may not consider hiring a St. Louis work comp lawyer until there is a delay or denial for medical care.
Many companies deny workers’ compensation claims citing fraud and abuse; however, statistics reveal that the number of injured workers who commit fraud are less than one percent. If you have been injured on the job, it is important to ensure that you receive fast and fair treatment for your medical condition. Consult with a St. Louis injured at work lawyer before accepting any settlement from the insurance company or employer.
There are a number of workers who wait an average of 6 months to a year before consulting an attorney. An injured worker many not consider hiring an attorney until they become frustrated with delays and denials in medical care. However, a delay in treatment or insufficient treatment can cause secondary health issues.
High Blood Pressure
Stress and anxiety combined with delays and frustrations with the system can cause much more than just mental trauma. Being injured, disabled, off work, and experiencing financial hardships can contribute to an increase in blood pressure.
Some types of trauma, excessive weight gain, and sleep disturbances caused by workplace injuries can affect the body’s ability to maintain normal insulin levels.
Several factors including stress can lead to sleep disturbances. An injured worker can also develop unhealthy sleep patterns as a result of chronic pain and side effects of medications. A worker may feel chronic fatigue as a result of certain conditions such as sleep apnea.
Depression and Anxiety
Prolonged use of prescription medications can cause multiple health problems, including depression. An injured worker can develop anxiety, leading to grinding of teeth while sleeping or clenched jaws. This can cause further problems such as neck pain or jaw pain.
St. Louis Injured at Work Lawyer
Delayed treatment of work-related injuries can lead to secondary health problems involving the kidneys, heart, stomach, and liver. A St. Louis injured at work lawyer from The Law Office of James M. Hoffmann can assist you in getting complete medical care necessary to get you back to work and fair compensation. Call (314) 361-4300 for a free consultation.