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Is PF a work related injury?

Posted by Ed Davis, DPM on 4/24/04 at 01:14 (149464)

Is PF a work related injury?
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Posted by Ed Davis, DPM on 4/24/04 at 01:12
A work related injury may be defined as an incident, that is, a traumatic incident, causing pain or disability at work. A work related disease is a gradual process like carpal tunnel that is cumulative, related to stresses incurred in the work environment.

I maintain that it can be both but more often the latter.

This question has very broad implications for issues of time loss, compensation for impairment and WHO is to pay for the medical care, that is, if work related, it will be the worker's comp. carrier, not the standard insurance carrier.

I would like to open this up for discussion as it basically starts a whole new chapter in Scott's heel pain book. It is an issue that a lot of third parties would like to avoid. I think it is time to open it up for discussion. Lets hear your opinions on this.
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Re: Is PF a work related injury?

Richard, C.Ped on 4/24/04 at 08:02 (149470)

I think it can very well be a work related injury. We see postal workers, home improvement center (Lowe's, Home Depot) workers, and large factory workers. Construction workers as well due to the constand standing and kneeling some tend to do.

One major problem is, some insurance companies do not think PF is a serious problem. I have a feeling workers comp will feel the same way. Knowing someone broke their leg by falling off a ladder is tangable, but not being able to 'see' the PF injury or how it came about is a problem.

Re: Is PF a work related injury?

john king on 4/24/04 at 13:54 (149482)

I have PF and since I was a postal worker I filed for workers compensation. My claim was accepted for PF and TTS as being work related. Your doctor has to be very clear and say that your PF is caused by your job and explain how it is caused by your regular work duties.

Re: Is PF a work related injury?

Deb D on 4/24/04 at 17:15 (149488)

Mine is also a WC case. Being on my feet at work on a CEMENT SLAB can do it too

Re: Is PF a work related injury?

Jamie on 4/26/04 at 08:12 (149546)

Definately could be a work related injury. I have a minor case i guess where i have pain mainly only when sprinting and when sitting down a long time but i have seen others on here say they have been confined to wheel chairs or have had their whole lives turned upside down due to this. Just having a minor case bugs the heck out of me, i couldnt imagine having it terrible bad in both feet. This should definately be a work related injury where compensation should be given or disability or something. The only bad thing is that for every person who really suffers from this and needs time off, there will be 5 others who do not have these problems who will all of a sudden supposedly have them and want disability too but i guess its that way with everything.

Re: Is PF a work related injury?

James C. on 4/26/04 at 09:19 (149551)

I am also a postal worker and mine was determined to be work related also.
James C

Re: Is PF a work related injury? RSI

BudP on 4/27/04 at 07:35 (149619)

Each state has different WC laws. I live in Florida and the law is really stacked against the worker. In the delivery business,UPS,FEDEX,POSTAL,Etc PF seems to be a common injury. It is almost always disputed by the WC carrier.However if the attending doctor says it is work related then it can be considered a WC injury. Normally the WC carrier will have another doctor dispute this. But if it goes before a WC judge or mediator,they will most of the time rule in favor of the worker. Especially if there is no pattern of foot problems in the workers history outside of work.I've seen where it was rule a repetitive stress injury.


Re: Is PF a work related injury?

GAIL S. on 4/27/04 at 11:03 (149632)

My P.F. has been accepted as W.C. as I worked as a waitress for 10 yrs at same resturant with tile floors. I worked 8 hrs. 5 days weekly and walked about 2 miles during a shift. It happens.....