When Chronic Pain Deserves Compensation

Trying to work when you are in excruciating pain can be impossible. In some cases, pain conditions may be covered by Pennsylvania workers' compensation.

If pain is keeping you from working, contact the Law Offices of Katherine L. Niven & Associates, PC, in Harrisburg for a free case evaluation. We represent workers who suffer from types of occupational injuries and health conditions, including chronic pain. Founding attorney Katherine L. Niven served as chief counsel for the Pennsylvania Bureau of Workers' Compensation and was a Pennsylvania workers' compensation judge.

When Is Pain Covered By Workers' Compensation?

If pain limits your ability to perform certain job functions, then it may be relevant to your workers' compensation claim. The following are examples of pain conditions that may be covered:

  • Pain from repetitive stress injuries such as carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Back pain from job-related lifting
  • Shoulder or rotator cuff pain that prevents you from lifting objects over your head
  • Leg or knee injuries from standing, squatting or kneeling
  • Pain resulting from an occupational illness
  • Pain resulting from a workplace accident
  • Fibromyalgia or chronic pain syndrome

Employers often deny workers' compensation benefits for employees who have pain conditions. It may take the help of an experienced workers' compensation lawyer to obtain benefits.

Can I Recover Compensation For Pain And Suffering?

Workers' compensation provides medical care and lost wage benefits, but it does not offer compensation for pain and suffering. However, if someone other than your employer caused your pain condition, you may be able to obtain compensation for pain and suffering by filing a third-party claim.

For More Information About Chronic Pain And Workers' Compensation

Contact Katherine L. Niven & Associates, P.C. to discuss your workers' compensation claim for a pain condition. Initial consultations are always free. You can reach us by phone at 717-260-3580 or toll free at 866-321-5340.