Claiming Workers’ Compensation for Your Plantar Fasciitis May 22, 2015
Plantar fasciitis is painful foot injury that could be the direct result of your working conditions, making it eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. If your plantar fasciitis was the direct result of your job duties or working conditions, you may be able to make a claim for workers’ comp benefits.
People who run or who are on their feet all day sometimes develop a really painful inflammation of the plantar fascia, a “thick band of tissue… that runs across the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes.” It’s a very common cause of heel pain, and sometimes the inflammation can be so debilitating it can leave you unable to walk. If you cannot walk, you may not be able to perform your job duties, outing you at risk of losing your job.
But if your plantar fasciitis was caused by your job, you may be able to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits. In order to file a successful claim for workers’ comp, you must prove that your condition is the direct result of your job and not anything else. For example: one of the causes of plantar fasciitis is obesity. Thus, a person who is overweight may develop the condition regardless of his or her job, meaning the workers’ comp board may deny the claim.
You may have a good chance at getting workers’ compensation benefits if:
- You stand all day in your job
- Your job requires a lot of walking
- The floors where you walk have no “give” in them; i.e., they’re made of concrete or a similarly hard material
- You were not instructed or it was not suggested to you that a specific type of shoe would be best for your job requirements
- You are in otherwise good health, and have no medical history pertaining to foot pain, inflammation or other problems
- You have never experienced plantar fasciitis before you began work at your current position
Certain occupations – factory workers, teachers, warehouse workers – are at an increased risk of developing plantar fasciitis because those jobs do not allow you to sit down or rest often, or because they require you to keep walking all day. You will want to see a doctor as quickly as possible about the pain so that you can supply medical records when you file.
If you have developed plantar fasciitis as a result of your occupation, Larry Pitt & Associates can help. We are a Philadelphia workers’ compensation law firm serving clients throughout Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. If you were injured at work, contact us to find out how we can help you.