Workplace Lifting Injuries May Be Severe

While most people associate construction worksites with slip and fall injuries, there are many other types of accidents that may happen. Back injuries and items falling may cause serious personal injuries.

Generally speaking most employers work hard at making their workplaces safe and focus on the safety of the employees. A lot of this time and effort is focused on slip and fall injuries, as they tend to be the most common. “However, it isn’t just slip and fall accidents that take place on job sites. For example, workers can severely injure their backs by heavy lifting or be badly injured or die when hit by falling objects, and that is just the tip of the iceberg,” outlined Beverly Aylmer of Lee, Gober & Reyna, Austin, Texas.

Many worksites, while they offer variety in the type of work performed, are also varied enough to be hotbeds of possible accidents waiting to happen. Workers quite often sustain neck and shoulder injuries, which may severely affect their ability to perform on the job. “In fact, often very debilitating neck injuries are caused by collisions at the workplace, being hit with a heavy object or even whiplash as a result of an accident involving moving machinery or vehicles,” commented Aylmer.

Another often ignored area of severe injury may arise as the result of repetitive motions while working; e.g., hammering, repeatedly lifting items, constantly using a jackhammer or other equipment that requires doing the same motions over and over. While it might not seem like doing something every day is going to hurt anyone, the truth is it often winds up causing serious pain and disability. It may even result in the worker being unable to work for short periods of time or permanently.

“It would go without saying that chronic pain issues will limit the range of motion available to a worker, making concentration difficult if not impossible; another accident looking for a place to happen. In circumstances like this, the worker may be eligible to file for a workers’ compensation claim to help pay for medical expenses and other bills that pile up while they are recovering from an injury,” Aylmer explained.

If for some reason a worker is denied workers’ compensation, it’s time to speak to an experienced attorney and find out what legal options are available. “Keep in mind that the accident or injury must be reported to the employer because if it is not, there are no grounds for a legal claim against the employer,” added Beverly Aylmer of Lee, Gober & Reyna, Austin, Texas.

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