Common Workplace Muscle & Nerve Injuries
Injuries involving the muscles, tendons, nerves, and joints are among some of the most common workplace injuries. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2015 musculoskeletal disorders accounted for about 31% of all worker injury and illness cases.
Common examples of musculoskeletal injuries which require compensation include:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Shoulder and rotator cuff injuries
- Muscle strains, sprains, and tears
- Chronic back pain
These are just a few examples of the most common injuries - any work-related injury which causes pain or impaired function qualifies for benefits under Workers' Comp, and in severe injury cases, Social Security Disability.
High-Risk Work Conditions
Workers in all types of occupations and professions are susceptible to musculoskeletal injuries, but there are a few specific types of job duties which carry a higher risk, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC):
- Regularly lifting heavy objects
- Frequent exposure to vibrations
- Overhead work
- Work which requires the neck in a chronic flexion position
- Repetitive tasks
It's extremely important for employers to properly train their employees in how to reduce the risk of injury while executing these types of tasks. However, even workers who follow proper safety procedures end up getting hurt as a result of repetitive stress.
How Can I Make Sure I Get My Benefits?
As we mentioned before, Workers' Comp claims involve insurance companies whose business models are based on denying coverage and limiting payouts. Experienced work injury lawyers have a detailed understanding of how the process works for claims and appeals.They know how to respond to an insurance carrier's attempt to deny claims by providing irrefutable evidence for the injury.
Additionally, there are situations where you may qualify for additional compensation outside of WC. If your injury is severe enough to prevent you from returning to any of your previous jobs for a year or more, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits as well. There are also scenarios where personal injury lawsuits are possible if your injury was caused by a third party (nonemployee or employer) or a defective product.
Recovering maximum compensation after a work injury is a complex process which often requires legal assistance. Our dedicated work injury lawyers are prepared to assist you with everything you need for a successful claim and deal with the insurance company on your behalf so that you can recover the full compensation you're entitled to.