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If you work as a truck driver, you will be forced to sit for long periods of time. Sitting can be bad for your health and it can especially be a problem if you are suffering from hip impingement. You will need to look into whether you are entitled to workers' compensation for your hip impingement.
How to Know if You Have Hip Impingement
With hip impingement, the ball of the hip pinches the cup of the hip. The pinching damages the cartilage around the acetabulum. This is a condition that needs to be treated or it will lead to arthritis and the deterioration of the joint.
If you are suffering from hip impingement, you will need to tell your employer so they can file a claim with the workers' compensation insurance provider. You will also want to seek medical treatment as soon as possible so you can establish medical records that you are suffering from this condition.
Why Some Truck Drivers Have Hip Impingement
While some individuals are born with an unusual hip shape that can lead to hip impingement, other individuals develop hip impingement over time. Therefore, you will want to determine if your injuries are work-related.
Hip impingement can cause a lot of pain, can cause you to start limping, and can also cause stiffness. Sitting for an extended period of time as a truck driver can exacerbate your hip impingement.
Workers' Compensation Benefits
Once you have been diagnosed with this condition, you will then be able to point to the fact that your pain has become worse as a result of sitting for extended periods of time in your truck. You can then receive compensation through a workers' compensation insurance policy.
How to Handle a Claim Denial
One of the challenges you might run into is that your employer or the workers' compensation insurance provider might argue that your health condition is not work-related. If this is the case, you will want to bring this up with your workers' compensation insurance provider. They will provide you with legal advice on how to defend your right to workers' compensation insurance benefits.
An employer is required to carry workers' compensation insurance and must report any injuries you have suffered to the insurance provider. An insurance provider can only deny your claim if they have good reason to do so. Therefore, if your claim is denied and you are not given a good reason for why, you may be able to successfully appeal the denial.
To learn more, contact a workers' compensation attorney in your area.