Workplace injuries are a common occurrence despite the many safeguards that are put in place by employers. But there are commonly overlooked work injuries that affect the hands, back, and eyes.
These injuries are often left untreated, and insurance companies may deny compensation for these injuries. Understanding these injuries can help prevent minimize their impact while helping you obtain the compensation you deserve.
Commonly overlooked hand injuries include carpal tunnel and Raynaud’s syndrome. These injuries lead to symptoms that include numbness, tingling, and pain.
Carpal tunnel syndrome is a result of excessive compression on the median nerve. It typically results from repetitive movements.
If left untreated, it can lead to long-term nerve damage and require extensive medical treatments. In more severe cases, surgery may be required.
Raynaud’s syndrome often occurs in construction work. The use of power tools that vibrate is a major factor in the onset of Raynaud’s syndrome, and it can lead to a decrease of sensation and other symptoms.
Hernia and Back Pain
Hernia injuries result from weakness of bodily tissues and the pressure caused by heavy lifting or other activities. This causes an organ to protrude outside of its cavity. Common types of hernias include inguinal, umbilical, and hiatus.
Symptoms of hernias include discomfort or severe pain that’s exacerbated by exercise, coughing, or bowel movements. Hernias can lead to the blockage of blood supply to organs, which can lead to other secondary health issues.
Employees who lift heavy materials on a regular basis are at a higher risk of developing hernias.
Back pain results from issues related to muscles, connective tissues, and nerves. Other soft tissue such as fascia and intervertebral discs can be affected by repetitive movements and lead to back pain.
Lack of movement can also lead to back pain, and workers who spend long hours sitting at a computer can develop pain as well as carpal tunnel syndrome and other issues.
Injury to the eyes can occur from a variety of factors. In most cases, these injuries don’t lead to long-term loss of vision. As a result, workers and their employers often overlook them.
But eye injuries affect your ability to accomplish your daily tasks and can lead to pain in most cases. Common eye injuries include scratched or lacerated corneas and trauma to the eyelids.
A corneal abrasion occurs when the outermost layer of the cornea is scratched. In addition to pain, individuals become highly sensitive to light as a result of the damage to these tissues.
A laceration occurs when a scratch affects the deeper layer of the cornea. Corneal laceration presents the same symptoms as an abrasion as well as an inability to see clearly.
Compensation for Overlooked Work Injuries
Insurance providers often deny claims for work-related injuries. They may argue that the injury is part of a preexisting condition or that it wasn’t a direct result of your employment.
This makes it hard for individuals and their families to get the benefits they need to cover medical care costs and loss of income.
Consulting with an experienced attorney who understands work-related injuries is the first step to getting the compensation you deserve.
Your attorney will refer you to medical practitioners who can treat and properly document your injuries so that you’re more likely to succeed in your injury claim.
A workplace injury attorney guides you through the complex process of filing your claim and dealing with insurance companies. This maximizes your compensation and provides you with the resources you need to return to work and reclaim your quality of life. Contact our workplace injury law experts today at 404-999-3258.