Muscle and joint injuries on the job may be difficult to diagnosis and even harder to pinpoint when they occurred. In some cases, strains to muscles or joints can cause damage over time. Regardless of how you sustained your injury, a muscle and joint injury at work qualifies you to file for workers’ compensation.
Muscle and joint injuries can be severe, taking a significant amount of time to heal. Many times, they require long-term therapy and medical treatment as well as time lost from work. Common types of muscle and joint injuries that occur at work include:
Rotator cuff injuries
Although joint and muscle injuries can occur in almost every profession, some are more likely to suffer from these types of injuries than others. Building trade employees, such as roofers, construction workers and others can suffer such injuries due to falls, heavy lifting or carrying heavy objects. Healthcare workers must carry patients and equipment that can lead to back, neck or leg strain. Installers of cable, electric or HVAC equipment may suffer joint strain from constant pulling and pushing motions. Warehouse employees who must lift heavy packages are also at risk for suffering joint or muscle injuries. Carpet installers may suffer from damage to knee joints from constant pressure on the knee during their line of work.
A joint or muscle injury in the workplace entitles you to receive workers’ compensation from your employer. This means you should receive compensation for lost wages, medical bills and other costs that you may incur as a result of your injury. Unfortunately, employers often miscalculate the amount of compensation an employee is entitled to, which is why hiring an attorney is suggested. An attorney does not need to file a lawsuit against your employer as Pennsylvania law does not permit such lawsuits in most cases. They will simply review the circumstances of your case and confirm that you are receiving the proper compensation, keeping your best interests in mind.
If you or a loved one has suffered a joint or muscle injury at work, contact the joint or muscle injury lawyers at Lundy Law today to learn what rights you may have. You can arrange for your initial, no obligation consultation by calling 1-800-Lundy Law or completing the easy form online.