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Workers' compensation and repetitive stress injuries

You may be in a line of work that requires you to perform a certain type of motion repeatedly, and over time you may be unable to perform your job without pain.

You may have a cumulative trauma injury, also known as a repetitive stress injury, that has developed gradually. This is a common workplace issue, and it often leads to a workers' compensation claim.

Pre-existing conditions and your workers' comp claim

If you find yourself hurt on the job, there may be workers' compensation available to assist you while you are out of work. These funds may be critical to relieving the financial burdens you face so you can focus on healing. 

Some workers may worry about employers denying their workers' compensation claims due to pre-existing conditions. Thankfully, in the state of Georgia, there are laws that govern such situations to provide a fair result for both parties.

6 steps to take immediately following a vehicle crash

A car crash can be a harrowing experience. You may feel dazed afterward and find it difficult to pull your scattered wits together. However, if you can remember a handful of essential steps that should be followed and take action, you will get through this rough time with as little stress as possible.

If you have a cell phone with you, one tip is to remember that it has a camera. You can use it to snap pictures of the accident scene and the damage to the vehicles involved. Here are six additional tips to add to your post-accident to-do list:

5 things you may be compensated for with a personal injury

Injuries happen every day. Some are just the results of an accident or something you couldn't see coming. Others are the result of another's negligence, and can cause financial, physical, mental and emotional harm to you and your family. Fortunately there are laws in place that can protect you and provide financial compensation when you are injured at the hands of someone else. According to the American Bar Association, personal injury can happen because of the action or inaction of another person. When you have an injury and choose to file a lawsuit, you may receive compensation for several things.

3 steps to take to prevent claim rejection

You may have heard stories from family members recounting run-ins with their medical insurance companies that left them feeling exasperated and helpless after a claim was denied. Although they faithfully paid their premiums and did not let their policies lapse, your relatives' claim on the unplanned surgery was not approved. Hours spent talking to insurance representatives, reviewing hospital billing codes and studying the policy coverage ensued. What a nightmare.

You too pay your bills on time and have not let policies lapse, but you are concerned that you will share a similar frustrating experience. You have no medical or legal background, so how can you make certain that your future claims will be approved?

What if you need medical treatment after a workplace accident?

If you've been injured in an on-the-job accident, reporting your injuries to your employer in a timely manner is crucial. In Georgia, if 30 days pass before you report your accident-related injury, you may be forced to forego benefits that can help pay medical bills and replace lost wages. Appropriate authorization and documentation from your employer is also important if you seek medical treatment in the aftermath of your accident.

Each year, thousands of people are injured at work. Many of them seek help through experienced guidance, something you, too, can do if you have particular accident-related issues you'd like to address.

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