Tendonitis (also correct when spelled Tendinitis) simply refers to irritation or inflamation of a tendon.  Often, this is an injury caused by repetitive motion at work, or by a more immediate specific injury.

One problem with this diagnosis in the context of a work-related injury is that employer-referred doctors will often attempt to downplay the condition by refering only to a "contusion" or "sprain and strain" type injury.  This is most often a ploy by the employer and its insurance carrier to avoid long-term liability for a condition that, once triggered by a work injury or work activity, can easily recur, time after time, when the worker is pressed back to work.

Tendons come in all shapes and sizes, from the large achilles tendon in the heal to the small tendons of the fingers and thumb.  All are prone to injury in the work environment.  Some tendon injuries may be hard to prove, since they do not always show up as positives on diagnostic testing.  Moreover, the degree to which a tendon injury may affect a worker's capacity can be very dependant on "subjective" factors such as the extent of the workers' pain with the tasks assigned. 

This can translate to one of the most serious problems we see in workers' compensation cases: insurance company or employer-referred doctors pushing an injured worker back to work too soon, and/or employers pushing the injured worker to perform the wrong kinds of work, because the doctors refuse to listen to "mere" complaints of pain -- no matter how sincere or strident -- over the much louder call of insurance company cash.  That is, the company-referred doctors may ignore "subjective" complaints of even significant pain when under pressure from the employer or their insurance representatives to release a worker to return to work, sometimes even including full duty work of a nature completely incompatible with the worker's continued symptoms and real-world limitations.

Other workers may have their injury recognized, may make a successful return to work, only to find weeks or months later that the tendon injury has recurred due to the nature of their work activity.  When this happens, the insurance company and employer will generally try to treat each recurrence of disability as if it is a new work injury -- giving them greater leverage to control the worker's access to medical treatment and creating a tougher burden of proof for the injured worker.

If your tendonitis, tendinitis or tendon injury has pushed you into one of these traps, we can help.  YOUR WORK INJURY GIVES YOU RIGHTS.

It is never in your interest to allow the employer and its insurance carrier to control the evidence in your case, including your access to medical treatment, which is needed to define and to document the scope of your injury and the nature of your injury-related condition.

Most often, the sooner you can get to a medical provider not under the insurance company's thumb, the sooner you can obtain a fair assessment of the scope of your injury and its causes in relation to your work duties or a specific work injury, and the stronger your case will be.

If your tendonitis is a repeating phenomenon at work, and if your employer has taken steps to limit you to "panel" medical providers (who they can depend upon to understate your injury), it may be best to identify the earliest instance of the condition as the true date of injury -- bringing you outside the employer's claim of 90 days of "captive" treatment.   Remember, however, that many employers wrongly claim the right to control medical treatment within these first 90 days, without meeting their own obligations.  In these cases, a seasoned workers compensation specialist can guide you and may help you get access to a more sympathetic medical provider immediately following your work injury.  In still other cases, it may be to your benefit to treat the most recent recurrence of a tendonitis/tendinitis/tendon injury as the proper date of injury, either due to a resulting higher Average Weekly Wage and resulting compensation rate or because the most recent injury reflects the culmination of a repetitive strain injury that may be more severe than previously diagnosed or recognized.

These are just some of the questions that must be considered when you experience a work injury that involves tendonitis or tendon injury.  Call us to talk to Mr. Kennedy and our staff about the circumstances of your claim.  We can explain how we can help you to get your claim on track to secure the compensation you deserve in the near term and the option of a full value lump sum settlement for any injury where it may be said that the problem will cause long-term problems with your ability to do your job or problems with your future earning capacity.

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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS:

I had a serious work related injury. I hired Tim after speaking with him and feeling completely at ease with his professionalism and demeanor. My case became complicated over time. Throughout the process I always felt that Tim had my best interest in mind. With every phone call or email, Tim was very informative and proactive, always explaining things in a way I could understand. He worked hard for me in his dealings with my employers insurance company. He did this so much so, the insurance company actually fired their own attorneys in the middle of litigation. In the end, Tim was able to negotiate a substantial settlement, including taking the burden off of me of an excessive amount of unpaid medical bills. I would highly recommend Tim.
                - B (Workers Compensation client)


"I" truly, Love / Respect and Appreciate - "Attorney: Timothy James Kennedy" for, his (highly, professional / unselfish {going, above and beyond} / highly, dedicated) approach in working with, me / my, un-fortunate circumstance(s) and my (unfortunate), legal dilemma... and, will (with; every, opportunity) be highly, recommending his legal services to (all) family / friends and strangers found in-need of such, ser-vices!!!
"Attorney: Timothy James Kennedy" is (not, only) a, true professional -He is a, loving / caring / sharing human being who (not, only) cares about his, cases and reputation; but, cares (also) for the lives and the families of those he so-caringly and so-humbly, represents!!!
He will (always) be appreciated and will never - ever - be, forgotten. "I" (on, behalf of myself and my, family) appreciates the fact that, He was willing to stop-by and become, "The Good Samaritan" in our, lives!!!
                - Michael (Workers Compensation Client)

Timothy is a really great lawyer. He knows what to do, and how to handle really sticky situations. When I first came to him, I had very little to back me up, but we mainly him lol pulled through and got the job done with GREAT results. If I could back in time I would still pick him as a lawyer 1000 times more. He took his time, talk to me like I was a person and not a dollor sign, and made lawyer jargon understandable english for me. I truely felt comfortable with him handling my case, and I never doubted him since the very first meeting. I also like that he gives his personal direct number to get in contact with him whenever you may need him, and he always responds if not that same day, the very next. The only bad thing I would have to say is its a shame I would have legal trouble to work with him again lol.
                -Trina (Workers Compensation Client)

Highly knowledgable in the law with excellent people skills..I highly recommend Mr. Kennedy.
                - Current Workers Compensation Client


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