What does a joint injury feel like?
Joint injuries can lead to pain, swelling, numbness, and difficulty moving. Workers who lift heavy items or use tools often get very stiff hands. Stiff hands may be a sign of arthritis or other joint problems.
Joint injuries can happen over time
Over time your joints can wear out. If you work in heavy labor, your joints can wear out faster. If your job has made you stiff and given you problems moving, you may have arthritis. Arthritis can occur in your knees, wrists, or other joints in the body. Even if you already had arthritis but your problems got worse during your job, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. Please see our page on repetitive stress injuries for more information on a joint injury you may have that may have happened slowly over time.
Should I wait to see if the pain goes away?
If you think you hurt yourself at work, don't wait to see if the pain goes away. Tell your employer you got hurt, and contact a workers' compensation attorney. If you do not tell your employer about your injury when it happens, it can be difficult or even impossible to get money for your injuries.
In workers’ compensation, the deadlines can be very fast. It is best not to wait more than a month to contact a workers' compensation attorney.
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