Have you been injured on the job? Is your injury a hernia? How do you know if that can be covered by workers’ compensation? Here are some tips:
Umbilical hernias are generally caused initially by muscles that do not join completely in the abdomen at birth. So, many people assume they are not covered by work comp since they are initially caused at birth. Or, they assume that since they had a hernia before taking the job they assume they cannot make a claim for it. Many people re-injure or develop new hernias due to too much pressure put on a weakened section of stomach muscles. If your work involves lifting a lot of weight over a long period of time, this type of repetitive work has been shown to cause a hernias.
A hernia could be caused be a sudden forceful movement. However, it is mostly likely starts with a weak abdomen that was made worse by heavy work activity causing the need for hernia surgery. In such a case, even if one has the hernia before working, if work activity caused it to worsen to the point one needs surgery it is considered a work comp injury in most cases. If you have a hernia requiring surgery, contact our office to see if you are entitled to compensation for your hernia injury.