In a Georgia workers' compensation claim, injuries that occur as a direct result of the primary injury—such as the pain, infection, or prescription drug dependency in the above examples—are considered secondary or "super-added" injuries. Other common secondary injuries include:
- Anxiety or depression
- Chronic pain
- Loss of sensation
- Reduced range of motion
Secondary injuries can develop days, weeks, or even months after your original injury, and they can require costly treatment. However, because they were caused by—or arose from—your workplace injury, they can and should be included in your worker's comp claim. Unfortunately, workers' compensation insurers aren't exactly eager to compensate claimants for secondary or super-added injuries, and often try to claim that the injuries in question are separate and unrelated to the injury you sustained on the job. Fortunately, there's help.
At Rechtman & Spevak, our skilled Atlanta workers' compensation attorneys fight to get injured workers the workers' comp benefits they deserve. In claims involving secondary injuries, this means providing medical evidence that shows a link between your primary workplace injuries and the super-added injuries. We have extensive experience building strong medical evidence for claims and work with workers' comp-knowledgeable doctors who can help.
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