If you're a regular follower of our blog and have read some of our pieces on repetitive stress injuries, then you know that constant strain on your joints, tendons and muscles can eventually lead to injuries that if left untreated, can leave a person disabled physically. This is oftentimes why manual labor jobs are so concerned with teaching workers about ergonomics and overall safety.
But even with training and knowledge of ergonomics, there is no guarantee that you will not suffer an injury to your tendons, muscles or joints while on the job. This is why in today's post, we'd like to talk about musculoskeletal injuries that you could easily suffer while on the job. Then we'll look at how these injuries can lead to disability benefits.
Musculoskeletal injuries occur when constant wear and tear on the body result in damage to body tissue. Damage to any area of the musculoskeletal system -- such as muscles, ligaments, tendons, nerves, etc -- is considered a musculoskeletal injury, which oftentimes cause a person to experience pain in their body tissues and even their bones.
It's worth pointing out that if a musculoskeletal injury is severe enough, it could become disabling and prevent an individual from working. This could include the person's current occupation or any and all occupations as well. In cases like this, it may be necessary to seek benefits through Social Security Disability Insurance.
Even though musculoskeletal injuries do qualify for benefits from SSA, this does not mean that applications listing these injuries are automatically approved. An applicant still needs to provide their complete medical record, including evidence that supports their need for benefits. If the applicant does not provide the right information, their claim could be denied, which would then require an appeal and the need to obtain a skilled lawyer.
Sources: Ergonomics Plus, "Definition of Musculoskeletal Disorder," Matt Middlesworth, May 15, 2015
WebMD, "Pain Management: Musculoskeletal Pain," Accessed May 26, 2015
Social Security Administration, "1.00 Musculoskeletal System - Adult," Accessed May 26, 2015